hatred

noun ha·tred \ ˈhā-trəd \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

Examples of hatred in a Sentence

  1. He had an irrational fear and hatred of foreigners.

  2. She makes no attempt to conceal her hatred for her opponents.

  3. This troubled city is filled with hatred, prejudice, crime, and fear.

  4. The war was fueled by hatreds that were centuries old.

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Origin and Etymology of hatred

Middle English hatrede, from hate 1hate + -rede, suffix denoting state or quality, going back to Old English -rǣden — more at 2kindred


HATRED Defined for English Language Learners

hatred

noun

Definition of hatred for English Language Learners

  • : a very strong feeling of dislike


HATRED Defined for Kids

hatred

noun ha·tred \ ˈhā-trəd \

Definition of hatred for Students

: 1hate


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