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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Recent Examples on the Web

She has repeatedly criticized immigration and Islam in France since 1998, leading to five fines for inciting racial hatred. NBC News, "Brigitte Bardot brands #MeToo movement ‘hypocritical, ridiculous’," 18 Jan. 2018 The hatred generated based off one's nationality is unbelievable. refinery29.com, "Texas Tech Frat Members Call For Hunting Immigrants In Racist Group Chat," 22 June 2018 The hatred on display in Charlottesville also ended up seeping into the fabric of Deadpool 2. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Deadpool 2' Villain Was Influenced by Charlottesville Riots," 23 May 2018 Until one day, when the pain of starving, binging, obsession, and self-hatred finally became too much to live with. Hannah Howard, SELF, "My Eating Disorder Recovery Helped Me Finally Realize That It’s No One’s Job to Validate How I Look," 5 July 2018 Due to her own experience and trends in the country, Boldrini wanted to establish a parliamentary committee to assess the level of hatred in country. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "Italy's Laura Boldrini On Fighting Sexism and Coping With Death Threats," 12 June 2018 Clean was an island in the never-ending stream of depression and self-hatred. Tracey Helton Mitchell, Woman's Day, "This Is What It's Really Like to be a Mom and a Recovering Heroin Addict," 14 July 2016 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

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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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: a very strong feeling of dislike


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