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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To join two of the most popular Facebook groups for the yellow vests, members must agree to rules including being kind and courteous, and to not incite hatred or harass or insult other participants. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "French yellow vest movement dogged by intolerance, extremism," 29 Jan. 2019 Witnesses said Coggins was stabbed 30 times and dragged behind a pickup truck in a killing driven by racial hatred. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Georgia man sentenced to life in black man's 1983 racially-motivated murder," 28 June 2018 And then there is brutal anti-Semitism, that of hatred. Houston Chronicle, "3-year-old Cleveland girl credited for saving mom’s life by calling 9-1-1," 31 May 2018 The Republican Party has changed dramatically in the nine years since that rally, with sheer hatred of Obama and national Democrats pushing it toward Trump’s brand of plutocratic populism. Mason Adams, The New Republic, "Trump’s Dark Reflection," 30 Mar. 2018 For those of you who are black -- considering the evidence there evidently is that there were white people who were responsible -- you can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Robert F. Kennedy's full speech in Indianapolis on Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination," 30 Mar. 2018 On the other hand, Donald Trump has been a racial arsonist who has never hesitated to fan the flames of hatred to advance his political career. Robert Levine, Billboard, "Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Fights for Creators Rights, Brooklyn Hip-Hop and Recognition for Female Rappers," 20 Mar. 2018 So why the sudden barrage of hatred toward Mars, who has always credited his influences and simply aims to create music that everyone can enjoy? refinery29.com, "Bruno Mars Is The Least Of Our Cultural Appropriation Problems," 12 Mar. 2018 Today: Not Your Bubbe & Zayde's Anti- Semitism A brief overview of how the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is combating anti-Semitism and hatred. Jewish Journal, "Jewish events: Central Palm Beach County," 5 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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