hatred

noun
ha·​tred | \ ˈhā-trəd \

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 another America, a can-do president tries to make America great again as lying journalists stir up hatred that tears our social fabric. Nicholas Kristof, Anchorage Daily News, "You’re wrong! I’m right!," 19 Feb. 2018 And Republican leaders have been bolder about exploiting that hatred of the other side than Democratic leaders have. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018 His brand of hatred and bigotry goes against what our country stands for. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Explosive Comments from Trump Kick Off Day of Mass Protests in the U.K.," 13 July 2018 Little by little, Purcell—treading the blurred line between burnout and breakdown—perceives these sickening new crimes as the fruit of diseased notions and lingering hatreds from earlier decades and even centuries. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Tales of Three Blood-Soaked Cities," 30 Nov. 2018 The League was once a north Italian movement that denounced the country’s poorer south as a burden, earning it hatred south of Rome. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Italy’s New Masters Rattle EU, But Ordinary Italians Say ‘Benissimo’," 17 Nov. 2018 The ignorance and hatred of the political landscape this season is what most moves me. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These Fashion Labels Made Voting Merch and Now They’re Sharing Why They’re Headed to the Polls Tomorrow," 5 Nov. 2018 All people have the capacity, in one way or another, to turn hatred into ideology. Peggy Orenstein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why I Took My Daughter to Auschwitz," 11 Oct. 2018 Some Israelis accuse the agency of teaching hatred of Israel in its classrooms and tolerating or assisting Hamas, the militant Islamic group that rules Gaza. Fox News, "Money or not, world can't drop Palestinian refugees, says UN," 27 Sep. 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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hatred

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English Language Learners Definition of hatred

: a very strong feeling of dislike

hatred

noun
ha·​tred | \ ˈhā-trəd \

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