Definition of hate crime in US English:

hate crime


  • A crime, typically one involving violence, that is motivated by prejudice on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, or other grounds.

    • ‘Was the arson a hate crime, they asked, an attempted triple homicide, or a hoax?’
    • ‘The vandal, snared by an off-duty librarian, was arrested and charged with a hate crime.’
    • ‘How many people do you know who've been the victim of a hate crime where the perpetrator has gone unpunished?’
    • ‘West Yorkshire police today confirmed they were treating the incident of assault and criminal damage as a hate crime.’
    • ‘A hate crime isn't just directed towards the actual members of a minority group.’
    • ‘This anonymous critic mistakenly used free speech as an excuse for committing a hate crime.’
    • ‘Police are appealing for witnesses in what they think was a homophobic hate crime this week.’
    • ‘The officers responsible for the beating were terminated and prosecuted for what the courts viewed as a hate crime.’
    • ‘We had been eating dinner when something about a hate crime against a young gay man came up on the TV.’
    • ‘When a hate crime occurs, it doesn't matter what the actual orientation of the victim is.’
    • ‘As she gained more experience, she moved into the hate crime unit and worked with domestic crime and had special responsibility within the racial crime unit.’
    • ‘Last month he was murdered in what the police treated as a homophobic hate crime.’
    • ‘Police treated Robert's attack as a hate crime, but his assailants have never been caught.’
    • ‘Prosecuting murder as a hate crime only lets the rest of us think we're off the hook, while it tramples on justice.’
    • ‘Sangha was shot in the temple with a pellet gun, in what he believes to be a racially motivated hate crime.’
    • ‘This culture of safety and danger was produced by campaigns about hate crime and local crime reporting initiatives.’
    • ‘If convicted of a hate crime, you could spend up to two years in jail.’
    • ‘Other measures include a new team to tackle bogus official burglaries and an increase in hate crime reporting centres.’
    • ‘The savage attack has been classified as a hate crime by the Police Department.’
    • ‘Racist hate crime is rising in the city and police say jingoism during Euro 2004 may be to blame.’


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