Definition of hateful in US English:

hateful

adjective

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

    ‘hateful letters of abuse that had come unsigned’
    • ‘Were these attendees fostered by their educators to be intolerant, hateful, and rude?’
    • ‘Clark called the remarks hateful and ignorant, and said there can be no excuse for such comments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Write a really hateful, nasty letter to your family, telling them all your resentments and rages.’
    • ‘The naivete, hateful ignorance and misguided arguments of his article were appalling to say the least.’
    • ‘Had he been as hateful and vitriolic about ethnic minorities, that letter would never have been printed.’
    • ‘Terror seeped through him as he met her pain filled, hateful gaze.’
    • ‘The existence of hatred need not be acknowledged, complicity in hateful practices remains concealed, and power is as comfy as ever.’
    • ‘We punish because the criminal act was loathsome and the criminal himself hateful.’
    • ‘This was the ugly face of militant Christianity: intolerant, bigoted and hateful.’
    • ‘The government's hateful message to migrants and refugees contrasts shamefully with its attitude to the oil companies.’
    • ‘Even more startling was the cynical, even hateful, tone of many of the letters.’
    • ‘Yet on Saturday I was faced with some of the most vitriolic and hateful abuse you can imagine for actually calling something right.’
    • ‘He is half-Indian and a hateful, evil criminal who steals and murders without a thought.’
    • ‘How could you even contemplate publishing an image so blatantly hateful to women.’
    • ‘He was mean and hateful and racist and criminal enough to do it, but not smart enough to plan it alone.’
    • ‘Your obscene actions only show who you are, that you are a hateful person and that you deserve no one and no friends.’
    • ‘Mark Latham's bitter and hateful rantings will not destroy dad's legacy or service to Australia.’
    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.
      ‘I don't have to stay in this hateful place’
      • ‘She was no longer a hateful mess of classroom errors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Why have you dressed me up in these hateful clothes?’
      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

/ˈhātfəl//ˈheɪtfəl/