Synonyms & Antonyms of hate

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to dislike strongly
  • she hates her job, she hates her friends, and she hates her life!

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Synonyms & Antonyms of hate (Entry 2 of 2)

2 something or someone that is hated
  • the Alaska pipeline is a pet hate of environmentalists

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How does the verb hate contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of hate are abhor, abominate, detest, and loathe. While all these words mean "to feel strong aversion or intense dislike for," hate implies an emotional aversion often coupled with enmity or malice.

hated the enemy with a passion

When would abhor be a good substitute for hate?

The meanings of abhor and hate largely overlap; however, abhor implies a deep often shuddering repugnance.

a crime abhorred by all

When might abominate be a better fit than hate?

The synonyms abominate and hate are sometimes interchangeable, but abominate suggests strong detestation and often moral condemnation.

abominates all forms of violence

When can detest be used instead of hate?

While in some cases nearly identical to hate, detest suggests violent antipathy.

detests cowards

When is it sensible to use loathe instead of hate?

While the synonyms loathe and hate are close in meaning, loathe implies utter disgust and intolerance.

loathed the mere sight of them

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The first known use of hate was before the 12th century

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hate crime

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“Hate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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