hateful

adjective
hate·​ful | \ ˈhāt-fəl How to pronounce hateful (audio) \

Definition of hateful

1 : full of hate : malicious
2 : deserving of or arousing hate

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Other Words from hateful

hatefully \ ˈhāt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce hatefully (audio) \ adverb
hatefulness noun

Examples of hateful in a Sentence

the girl's classmates were bullying her online, sending her hateful e-mails and text messages

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But envious in that peculiarly hateful sort of way in which a man might resent his ex-wife’s newfound riches. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "My American Dream," 4 July 2019 Rave to my Muslim friend for returning their hateful, obscene gestures with a warm, gracious smile, modeling the truth that love wins and inviting all of us to welcome the strangers among us, not to demonize them. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: Let’s hear it for the Sounders band," 19 May 2019 Today’s social-media landscape is riddled with flaws: Twitter and YouTube’s failure to control hateful content, Instagram’s my-perfect-life curation that makes users feel inadequate, Facebook’s repeated violations of privacy. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "The Coach That Meets You in Your Inbox," 24 June 2019 Officers within the Philadelphia and St. Louis Police Departments are facing intense scrutiny and backlash following allegations over racist and hateful social media content. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Philadelphia And St. Louis Police Departments Take Action Following Racist, Hateful Social Media Posts," 20 June 2019 The interior minister condemned the hateful comments directed towards the slain lawmaker before and after his death, but didn’t blame any particular group for the alleged attack. Fox News, "German prosecutors say man from 'far-right background' may have killed pro-refugee Merkel ally," 18 June 2019 But that prompted many people to ask: What about awful, hateful ideas? Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The ‘Platform’ Excuse Is Dying," 11 June 2019 The American public sees through the pure hateful harassment and obstructionism of Dems who can’t swallow being beat by a reality show host. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: DIA debacle; Misuse of office; Reality taking hold; Don’t drink, don’t smoke … (6/3/19)," 3 June 2019 Because people wearing them keep doing hateful things. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "How the MAGA Hat Became a Symbol of Hate," 31 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of hateful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hateful

Middle English, from hate hate entry 1 + -ful -ful entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near hateful

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hateable

hate crime

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hateless

hate mail

hate-mongering

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hateful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hateful

: very bad or evil : causing or deserving hate
: full of hate : showing hate

hateful

adjective
hate·​ful | \ ˈhāt-fəl How to pronounce hateful (audio) \

Kids Definition of hateful

1 : full of hate “Then you get her out of here,” he said with hateful force.— Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder
2 : very bad or evil : causing or deserving hate a hateful crime

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