Definition of hateful in English:

hateful

adjective

  • 1Arousing, deserving of, or filled with hatred.

    ‘that hateful arrogant woman’
    • ‘If the reader is intolerant, hateful, or oppressive, so will be the interpretation of the text.’
    • ‘He did not want to see her in all her arrogant joy, and all her hateful apathetic moments.’
    • ‘Your obscene actions only show who you are, that you are a hateful person and that you deserve no one and no friends.’
    • ‘The government's hateful message to migrants and refugees contrasts shamefully with its attitude to the oil companies.’
    • ‘Write a really hateful, nasty letter to your family, telling them all your resentments and rages.’
    • ‘Had he been as hateful and vitriolic about ethnic minorities, that letter would never have been printed.’
    • ‘The existence of hatred need not be acknowledged, complicity in hateful practices remains concealed, and power is as comfy as ever.’
    • ‘Mark Latham's bitter and hateful rantings will not destroy dad's legacy or service to Australia.’
    • ‘The naivete, hateful ignorance and misguided arguments of his article were appalling to say the least.’
    • ‘He is half-Indian and a hateful, evil criminal who steals and murders without a thought.’
    • ‘This was the ugly face of militant Christianity: intolerant, bigoted and hateful.’
    • ‘Were these attendees fostered by their educators to be intolerant, hateful, and rude?’
    • ‘We punish because the criminal act was loathsome and the criminal himself hateful.’
    • ‘Terror seeped through him as he met her pain filled, hateful gaze.’
    • ‘Yet on Saturday I was faced with some of the most vitriolic and hateful abuse you can imagine for actually calling something right.’
    • ‘Even more startling was the cynical, even hateful, tone of many of the letters.’
    • ‘He was mean and hateful and racist and criminal enough to do it, but not smart enough to plan it alone.’
    • ‘Clark called the remarks hateful and ignorant, and said there can be no excuse for such comments.’
    • ‘How could you even contemplate publishing an image so blatantly hateful to women.’
    shameful, shocking, scandalous, deplorable, despicable, contemptible, beyond contempt, beyond the pale, dishonourable, discreditable, reprehensible, objectionable, base, mean, low, blameworthy, unworthy, ignoble, shabby, inglorious, infamous, unprincipled, outrageous, abominable, atrocious, appalling, dreadful, terrible, disgusting, shameless, vile, odious, monstrous, heinous, iniquitous, unspeakable, loathsome, sordid, bad, wicked, immoral, nefarious, indefensible, inexcusable, unforgivable, intolerable
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    1. 1.1informal Very unpleasant.
      ‘a hateful dress’
      • ‘She was no longer a hateful mess of classroom errors.’
      • ‘Why have you dressed me up in these hateful clothes?’
      • ‘The hateful dress was mocking me. Therefore, the last thing I ever did in that house was to fling that wretched dress into the cleansing fire.’
      detestable, horrible, horrid, unpleasant, awful, nasty, disagreeable, despicable, objectionable, insufferable, revolting, rotten, loathsome, abhorrent, abominable, damnable, execrable, odious, repugnant, repellent, repulsive, disgusting, distasteful, obnoxious, offensive, foul, vile, heinous
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Pronunciation

hateful

/ˈheɪtf(ə)l//ˈheɪtfʊl/