hateful

adjective hate·ful \ ˈhāt-fəl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hateful

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

hatefully

play \ˈhāt-fə-lē\ adverb

hatefulness

noun

Examples of hateful in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of hateful from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hateful

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


HATEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

hateful

adjective

Definition of hateful for English Language Learners

  • : very bad or evil : causing or deserving hate

  • : full of hate : showing hate


HATEFUL Defined for Kids

hateful

adjective hate·ful \ ˈhāt-fəl \

Definition of hateful for Students

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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