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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The president’s hateful rhetoric, which has been echoed by individuals perpetrating hate crimes, makes our communities less safe. oregonlive.com, "We surveyed Oregon’s Congressional leaders about hate crimes. This is what they said.," 14 Aug. 2019 Criticism is fine and has a place in society, but there's absolutely no reason to tag people in hateful posts about them. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Lili Reinhart Returns to Twitter With A Message For Social Media Trolls," 4 Jan. 2019 Their conflict initially stems from the topic of Zoe’s paper: that the American Revolution was successful because of the hateful institution of slavery. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Compelling ‘Niceties’ is a wake-up call for all of us | Review," 14 Sep. 2019 Polarization, hateful discourse and violence are at levels that many of us have not seen in our lifetimes. Essence, "Airbnb Works To Clean Up Its Reputation For Racial Discrimination In New 3-Year Report," 11 Sep. 2019 This demonstration celebrated a wildly destructive and hateful worldview that should strike everyone as fundamentally anti-American. Ian Silverii, The Denver Post, "Silverii: Colorado GOP leaders really just rallied in support of cruelty and detention," 6 Sep. 2019 For one, people commit hateful and violent acts for all manner of reasons that have nothing to do with the public discourse. Astrid Galvan, Twin Cities, "Trump words linked to more hate crime? Some experts think so," 7 Aug. 2019 For one, people commit hateful and violent acts for all manner of reasons that have nothing to do with the public discourse. Washington Post, "Trump words linked to more hate crime? Some experts think so," 7 Aug. 2019 To some, this will be just another hateful and violent act in America. Gwen Aviles, NBC News, "Gay man killed, another critically injured in Grindr meetup," 16 July 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

hate

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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