ha·​tred | \ ˈhā-trəd How to pronounce hatred (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web On Thursday, the police arrested five leaders of the group behind the book, a speech therapists’ union, accusing them of instilling hatred of the government in children. New York Times, 22 July 2021 According to sports historian Xavier Pujadas i Martí, the movement for a counter-event to the Olympics, borne out of a left-wing hatred of fascism, coalesced in Catalonia, a northern region of Spain of which Barcelona is the capital. Sam Harrison, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 July 2021 Those campaigning for the initiative are fueled by misinformation, bigotry and pure hatred — all of which intensify when a religious leader is killed during the bombing of an evangelical church. Oline H. Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, 13 July 2021 The right's hatred of Dr. Anthony Fauci is a familiar story. Arkansas Online, 3 July 2021 Outrage at police brutality was treated as all-out hatred of police officers, leading to wholly unnecessary counters to the Black Lives Matter slogan, like Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, 26 June 2021 Born with a shock of black and white hair and a fiery temper, this slightly overlong introductory passage sets up Cruella’s lifelong hatred of dalmatians after a trio of dogs push her mother off a cliff to her death. Liam Hess, Vogue, 2 June 2021 People who support or express hatred and bigotry are not always card-carrying members of far-right groups. NBC News, 1 Feb. 2021 People who support or express hatred and bigotry are not always card-carrying members of far-right groups. CBS News, 1 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of hatred was in the 13th century

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28 Jul 2021

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“Hatred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatred. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hatred

: a very strong feeling of dislike


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