ha·tred | \ ˈhā-trəd \

Definition of hatred 

1 : extreme dislike or disgust : hate

2 : ill will or resentment that is usually mutual : prejudiced hostility or animosity old racial prejudices and national hatreds —Peter Thomson

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Examples of hatred in a Sentence

He had an irrational fear and hatred of foreigners. She makes no attempt to conceal her hatred for her opponents. This troubled city is filled with hatred, prejudice, crime, and fear. The war was fueled by hatreds that were centuries old.
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Democrats came surging into the year with high expectations fueled by dissatisfaction with, in some cases hatred of, President Donald Trump. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Will San Diego be the 'blue wave' canary in a coal mine?," 3 June 2018 Because hatred of Israel is a foundational idea of the Islamic Republic. Eliora Katz, WSJ, "Iranians Are Now Chanting ‘Death to Palestine’," 13 July 2018 The 48-year-old American citizen, who expressed a hatred for the U.S. military, allegedly scouted several locations in downtown Cleveland, including a United States Coast Guard station and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Jeff Pegues, CBS News, "Suspect in Cleveland July 4 terror plot allegedly scouted Rock & Roll Hall of Fame," 2 July 2018 Now, of course today, the ringleader of all the anti-Trump hatred is not on other than Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the head of the Democratic Party. Fox News, "Andy McCarthy, Joe diGenova preview Peter Strzok's testimony," 27 June 2018 The hatred that exists for this man is mindboggling. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Kanye West to Hot 97's Morning Host Ebro Darden: 'I Love Donald Trump'," 23 Apr. 2018 The country’s long history of war with Israel has created entrenched hatred for its southern neighbor. Jonathan Broder, Newsweek, "Ziad Doueiri's Controversial Film 'The Insult' Is Nominated for an Oscar After Boycotts in Lebanon," 26 Jan. 2018 Ukacierra loves the feud with a possessive madness, fears for its survival, and looks upon the incursions of the contemporary world with hatred. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Stewards of the Blood," 23 Jan. 2018 Right outside the door of my building have been extraordinary displays of racial hatred. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Nathaniel Popkin is a Philly author with a rare double play - two new books at once," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of hatred

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hatred

Middle English hatrede, from hate hate entry 1 + -rede, suffix denoting state or quality, going back to Old English -rǣden — more at kindred entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of hatred

: a very strong feeling of dislike


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