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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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Though, Nate admits, this one is less a fiery hatred than a sense of boredom. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Top 10 Home Trends Designers Secretly Hate," 9 May 2019 Now, our nation was fighting a shadowy organization in the Middle East—one with the resources and hatred to kill 3,000 innocent men and women without a second thought. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "Why My Relationship With Camo Print Is Messy," 29 Apr. 2019 The hatred of our opponents that accompanies a party system divided by worldview is self-reinforcing and, ultimately, dangerous. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018 Or Gerald Ford without the malice, GW Bush, HW Bush, sorry, about the vicious hatred of broccoli. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The left is turning on the left," 15 Sep. 2018 Multiple queens from the show tweeted out messages of support to Asia, including Aja, Pandora Boxx and Shea Couleé, denouncing the hatred and reminding her that she was loved by her Drag Race sisters. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "'Drag Race' Finalist Asia O'Hara Says She Was Threatened With Being 'Burned Alive' on Twitter," 20 June 2018 But in the opera, as these soldiers mask their barbs with comradely banter, Mr. Huang’s roiling music reveals the deep hatreds at play. New York Times, "A Soldier’s Racially Charged Suicide Becomes a Powerful Opera," 13 June 2018 Yet, Junor suggests, the public’s hatred of Camilla only strengthened Charles’ ties to her. Jacqueline Cutler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "'The Duchess’ paints Camilla in a positive light while detailing Princess Diana's dark side," 15 Apr. 2018 Daniels told The Post on Saturday that she's been the target of hatred on social media in recent weeks. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Rick Santorum recommends kids learn CPR, rather than protest gun laws: report," 25 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of hatred

: a very strong feeling of dislike


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