ha·​tred ˈhā-trəd How to pronounce hatred (audio)
: extreme dislike or disgust : hate
: ill will or resentment that is usually mutual : prejudiced hostility or animosity
old racial prejudices and national hatredsPeter Thomson

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Over time, majorities in both societies may recognize that the only way to secure the future for their children is to separate out of respect rather than engage out of hatred. Martin Indyk, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 But Moriah Gaynor’s hatred of Last Gasp extends well past her own personal performance outlook. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 9 Feb. 2024 Over the last week, the musician has fomented hatred of Jews. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 That sadness carried into his adulthood and built a hatred and mistrust that destroyed his life and everyone close to him. Rick Mauch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8 Feb. 2024 While some argue these things are inextricably linked, others say that opposition to Israel as a Jewish state is not the same as hatred of Jews. Laura Meckler, Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2024 The Islamic Republic shouted its hatred of the West from the rooftops for decades. Kian Tajbakhsh, The Atlantic, 2 Feb. 2024 His legislative priorities include gun violence prevention, protecting reproductive rights, combating climate change, improving public safety, assisting small businesses, investing in public education and confronting anti-Asian hatred, according to his campaign website. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 Before the soulless cretins are shown in court as our latest national symbols of hatred and bigotry. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Hatred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatred. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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