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

There was so much hatred in the country after Dr. [Martin Luther] King died in 1968. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: 50 years ago, the 1969 Mets helped heal a nation in turmoil," 15 June 2019 Police say Bowles confessed to the killing after his arrest and professed hatred for homosexuals. Fox News, "August execution set for Florida killer who targeted gay men," 12 June 2019 Avoid viewing this with suspicion, scorn, or hatred. Gokul Sreedhar, Quartz India, "I wished my mother well on her second marriage," 12 June 2019 The younger generation has to absolutely learn about the atrocities that some other people who display hatred towards one another are capable of. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "Holocaust survivors socialize, connect at Café Europa in Boca Raton," 7 June 2019 Anyone who has spoken against him, including dream hampton and [#MeToo founder] Tarana Burke, gets waves of the most vile social media hatred. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Soulless author Jim DeRogatis explains the case against R. Kelly," 7 June 2019 But for some people, the stress becomes all-consuming, leading to exhaustion, cynicism and hatred towards your job. Michael Musker, Quartz at Work, "Are you suffering from burnout? Ask yourself four questions," 6 June 2019 These 2016 cyberattacks foreshadow more to come; thank goodness, not a single American, much less the president, his campaign or family, conspired with Vladimir Putin to sow hatred and divide our country so deeply. Hugh Hewitt, Twin Cities, "Hugh Hewitt: America’s enemies are on notice about this president," 5 June 2019 But just like Arya, Sansa harbors a hatred for Cersei. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Suggests Sansa Stark Will Be the One to Kill Cersei Lannister," 2 May 2019

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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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to take the place or position of

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