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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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Recent Examples on the Web Members of the Hindu Sena, a right-wing fringe group which says Trump shares their hatred of Islamic extremism, have been rehearsing a welcome song ahead of his visit, according to the outlet. Fox News, "Trump fans in India worship president with statues, prayers as government accused of 'hiding' slums behind walls," 20 Feb. 2020 Shubow is already infamous in DC architecture circles for his very public hatred of Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial, proposed in 2012 and wrapping up construction this year. Kate Wagner, The New Republic, "Duncing About Architecture," 8 Feb. 2020 The truth is though, that Pelosi’s speech-shredding was just one of many instances of Democrats using the SOTU to display their all-consuming hatred of Trump. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "SOTU: Someone Should Tell Dems They Can Hate Trump and Support Veterans," 6 Feb. 2020 Their previous album, 2018's Rise Shine #Woke, focused on fighting against hatred (and earned them their first Grammy nod), while The Love aims to uplift transgender and gender non-conforming youth around the world. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Alphabet Rockers on Using Activism to Inform Their Grammy-Nominated Children's Album," 23 Jan. 2020 Hasson became intoxicated by a populist regime and chose to be swept up by its violence, its false promises, its hatred. Sarah Abrevaya Stein, The Conversation, "Vital Hasson, the Jew who worked for the Nazis, hunted down refugees and tore apart families in WWII Greece," 21 Jan. 2020 Those who align themselves against such hatred often share the fundamental belief that people acting peacefully and in accord with their faith are pursuing connection to a higher power, and doing so as honest seekers. The Christian Science Monitor, "High in the saddle during low tide," 31 Dec. 2019 His experimental hatred of mac and cheese having been indulged, Raffi would some of the time go ahead and eat it. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, "Love and Anger," 23 Dec. 2019 Waging unity against hatred, intolerance and cultural disparagement is a ritual for Karina Gasperin. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Cultural embrace: Defying acts of hatred, Seattle-area Afrolatino Festival goes on," 18 Aug. 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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The first known use of hatred was in the 13th century

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26 Feb 2020

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“Hatred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatred. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hatred

: a very strong feeling of dislike


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