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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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The left is all about hatred now, about deconstruction, about scraping away the past in an iconoclastic Orwellian frenzy. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Barbara Bush, a great lady of a lost age," 18 Apr. 2018 And there’s a huge difference between stereotypes that are born out of fondness, and those rooted in hatred. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "A Democracy Disappears," 13 Apr. 2018 Europe’s largest Jewish communities are experiencing a normalization and mainstreaming of antisemitism not seen since the Second World War.’’ ‘‘There has been an increase in open, unashamed, and explicit hatred directed against Jews. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "‘It is like we have regressed 100 years’: Report warns of resurgent global anti-Semitism," 11 Apr. 2018 Clinton is trying to play that role by being a mother hen to the fledgling activists drawn to politics by their hatred of Trump. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency," 9 July 2018 More: Paul Daugherty blog: Pump the brakes on your hatred of the Bengals in concert venue saga. Scott Winfield, Cincinnati.com, "ICYMI: World Cup coming to Cincinnati? Reds win series vs KC Royals, Bengals wrap minicamp," 15 June 2018 Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, said to be motivated by Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and his hatred of Mr. Kennedy for his support of Israel, was later convicted of the murder. Tim Arango, New York Times, "A Campaign, a Murder, a Legacy: Robert F. Kennedy’s California Story," 5 June 2018 For all his hatred of parochial moralizing—a constant theme in his work, whether the preaching came from Jews or gentiles, liberals or conservatives—Roth was himself a kind of moralist. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "Remembering Philip Roth, a Giant of American Literature," 23 May 2018 Buffalo's new quarterback used no racial slur in discussing his hatred of LeBron. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "There is no such thing as a social media whisper: Phillip Morris," 29 Apr. 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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