Definition of hateful in US English:

hateful

adjective

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

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

/ˈheɪtfəl//ˈhātfəl/