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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Expressing his grief over the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, that left more than 30 people dead and dozens wounded, the former US president said hateful ideologies and language historically have inspired violence worldwide. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Obama’s statement on mass shootings is a message for Republicans, Democrats, and the world," 5 Aug. 2019 The Charlottesville episode stoked further scrutiny of the way social media is used to perpetuate hateful rhetoric and violence, drawing parallels to the use of social media to broadcast a massacre at mosques in New Zealand last week. oregonlive, "Online threat of racial violence shuts down all Charlottesville, Virginia, schools," 22 Mar. 2019 According to the project methodology, researchers selected 40 accounts that showed hateful conduct, and then algorithmically generated a larger dataset of related accounts. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "A new project is trying to track hateful users’ activity on Twitter," 15 Oct. 2018 As the death toll rises from shootings carried out by people who’ve espoused white nationalist ideas, some Democratic presidential candidates are calling for social media companies to more forcefully crack down on hateful content on their platforms. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Presidential contenders want social networks to do more to crack down on white nationalism," 1 Sep. 2019 When does the harm from repeating hateful ideas or words outweigh the clarity that comes from complete, detailed reporting? Adrian Vore, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Union-Tribune drops ‘Mallard Fillmore ' comic strip," 30 Aug. 2019 Separated from their families, these people have been so successfully dehumanized by the hateful political discourse promoted by Donald Trump and his allies that they are effectively not treated like humans. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "How the US systematically dehumanizes migrant children," 28 Aug. 2019 That suggests the typical method of combatting such groups—by banning particularly active and hateful ones—is ineffective, the researchers say. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "‘Dark pools’ of hate flourish online. Here are four controversial ways to fight them," 22 Aug. 2019 YouTube implemented algorithmic changes to deal with the spread of disturbing and hateful content. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "LGBTQ YouTubers love the site — that’s why they’re suing it," 20 Aug. 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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English Language Learners Definition of hateful

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


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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