hateful

adjective

hate·​ful ˈhāt-fəl How to pronounce hateful (audio)
1
: full of hate : malicious
2
: deserving of or arousing hate
hatefully adverb
hatefulness noun

Example Sentences

the girl's classmates were bullying her online, sending her hateful e-mails and text messages
Recent Examples on the Web At the time Roth, tweeted that the safety team took down more than 1,500 accounts for hateful conduct in a three day period. Ana Faguy, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 The company has been regularly accused of profiting off of hateful and violent content. Christopher Hutton, Washington Examiner, 5 Jan. 2023 The social media giant has been accused of letting hateful and violent content flourish on the platform, fueling attacks during the two years of the conflict, dubbed Tigray War, which came to a truce in November. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 14 Dec. 2022 The lawsuit alleges that Facebook’s algorithms are more likely to promote hateful and violent content because that attracts engagement on the platform. Naomi Nix, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2022 Throughout his career, his rhetoric was often hateful. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2023 This aunt is now elderly and ailing, but apparently this aunt was very hateful to her mother, so my half sister has cut her off for the past 14 years. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2022 Not only was his column misogynistic and cruel, it's also badly written and doesn't have a point besides being hateful. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 20 Dec. 2022 In contrast, 39% say the sites should be an open forum, even if speech is hateful or inaccurate. Susan Page, USA TODAY, 14 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hateful was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near hateful

Cite this Entry

“Hateful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hateful. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

hateful

adjective
hate·​ful ˈhāt-fəl How to pronounce hateful (audio)
1
: full of hate : malicious
hateful enemies
2
: causing or deserving hate
a hateful crime
hatefully adverb
hatefulness noun

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