ha·​tred | \ ˈhā-trəd How to pronounce hatred (audio) \

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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They were united by little beyond a common hatred of establishment Italian politicians and bureaucrats in Brussels. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Italy’s Government Has Collapsed. What Happens Next?," 23 Aug. 2019 Ignorance and indifference are laying fresh tracks on which anti-Semitic hatred can travel. The Economist, "Historical memorials are not enough to stop anti-Semitism in Europe," 22 Aug. 2019 Now is a good time to demonstrate their commitment to reporting on the full context of international disputes and exposing one of the world’s oldest hatreds. David French, National Review, "Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Partnered with Vicious Anti-Semites to Plan Their Trip to Israel," 16 Aug. 2019 The Iron Bowl takes the top spot because of both its pedigree of powerhouse programs and its pure in-state hatred. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "The Greatest Rivalries in College Football History," 12 Aug. 2019 In the face of such criticism, President Trump had to choose whether to live up to his own rhetoric about coming together to reject and denounce hatred. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Trump Named the Wrong City for Ohio's Mass Shooting," 11 Aug. 2019 There is nothing compassionate in this intolerable rhetoric, only hatred. baltimoresun.com, "Letters: Trump’s tweets about Cummings are not about Howard County; and more from readers," 6 Aug. 2019 The leader of our country has empowered, enabled and encouraged this hatred. Avigail Oren, Time, "We Asked Trump to Recognize That Words Matter. His Refusal to Do So Has Led to More Tragedy," 9 Aug. 2019 Heidi Beirich, of the Southern Poverty Law Center, says Trump’s words have fueled anti-immigrant hatred and amplified conspiracy theories that non-white immigrants are systematically replacing whites. Washington Post, "Trump words linked to more hate crime? Some experts think so," 7 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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English Language Learners Definition of hatred

: a very strong feeling of dislike


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