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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 In poems discovered inside his home, the former Missouri teacher and group home worker described being overwhelmed by hatred toward a woman who broke off a relationship with him. Washington Post, "Man who used bitcoin to buy enough chemical weapon to kill hundreds gets 12 years in prison," 8 Apr. 2021 Taken as a whole, their corpus shows a society traumatized by one war—riddled with resentments, seduced by hatred—and in search of victims for the next one, a society dragged into the abyss and then forced to reckon with its rubble. Toby Lichtig, WSJ, "‘The Passenger’ Review: No Exit," 26 Mar. 2021 The government and the hatred was hard to see and experience. New York Times, "How Essential Workers Who Shared Their Sundays With Us Are Doing, One Year In," 19 Mar. 2021 Regardless of what the motive ultimately was, the shootings pushed the rising hatred for Asian-Americans during the coronavirus pandemic to the forefront of national attention. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, "Over $1 Million Raised In GoFundMe For Atlanta Shooting Victim’s Family In 16 Hours," 19 Mar. 2021 As violence escalates and comrades are killed in conflict, all wars breed hatred of the other side. Erik Edstrom, The New Republic, "How Biden Can Transform America’s Foreign Policy," 16 Mar. 2021 Those microaggressions or hostile actions are what fuel leaders’ efforts to stem the hatred and protect their community. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Connecticut-based #iamnotavirus targets anti-Asian bias by introducing Asian Americans and their stories," 8 Mar. 2021 Misogyny, as philosopher Kate Manne argues, is not, as many presume, hatred of women. Alyson Cole, Fortune, "Breaking the glass slipper: Can Marjorie Taylor Greene succeed as ‘Trump in drag’?," 4 Mar. 2021 The commission’s report depicts a nation where liberals are seething with hatred for their own country, and whose divisions over its history and meaning recall those leading to the American Revolution and the Civil War. Michael Crowley, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s 1776 Commission critiques liberalism in report derided by historians," 18 Jan. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Hatred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatred. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hatred

: a very strong feeling of dislike


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