Definition of hateful in English:

hateful

adjective

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

    ‘hateful letters of abuse that had come unsigned’
    • ‘The existence of hatred need not be acknowledged, complicity in hateful practices remains concealed, and power is as comfy as ever.’
    • ‘This was the ugly face of militant Christianity: intolerant, bigoted and hateful.’
    • ‘If the reader is intolerant, hateful, or oppressive, so will be the interpretation of the text.’
    • ‘He was mean and hateful and racist and criminal enough to do it, but not smart enough to plan it alone.’
    • ‘We punish because the criminal act was loathsome and the criminal himself hateful.’
    • ‘The government's hateful message to migrants and refugees contrasts shamefully with its attitude to the oil companies.’
    • ‘Were these attendees fostered by their educators to be intolerant, hateful, and rude?’
    • ‘Terror seeped through him as he met her pain filled, hateful gaze.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Write a really hateful, nasty letter to your family, telling them all your resentments and rages.’
    • ‘He is half-Indian and a hateful, evil criminal who steals and murders without a thought.’
    • ‘Mark Latham's bitter and hateful rantings will not destroy dad's legacy or service to Australia.’
    • ‘How could you even contemplate publishing an image so blatantly hateful to women.’
    • ‘Yet on Saturday I was faced with some of the most vitriolic and hateful abuse you can imagine for actually calling something right.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clark called the remarks hateful and ignorant, and said there can be no excuse for such comments.’
    • ‘Even more startling was the cynical, even hateful, tone of many of the letters.’
    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’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘She was no longer a hateful mess of classroom errors.’
      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
      ghastly
      beastly, god-awful, yucky
      shitty
      loathly, disgustful
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Pronunciation:

hateful

/ˈhātfəl/