Definition of hatred in English:



  • Intense dislike or ill will.

    ‘racial hatred’
    ‘his murderous hatred of his brother’
    • ‘Only their angry eyes were visible and it was clear they had hatred in their hearts.’
    • ‘I read them and am hurt by the injustice and often outright hatred of some of the posters.’
    • ‘Sadly, many did not support her goals because their racial hatred was too strong.’
    • ‘Being racist is to hate on the basis of racial difference and to incite racial hatred.’
    • ‘Racial hatred is therefore an attack upon people as people, clear and unambiguous.’
    • ‘No doubt this will be reported as the latest example of race hatred in a racially torn community.’
    • ‘It is not such a large step from that mainstream irrationality and hatred to fascism.’
    • ‘They attempted to play something but the roar of hatred from the crowd drowned them out.’
    • ‘As long as we wield our weapons of hatred, greed and stupidity, nothing will change.’
    • ‘I could feel the eyes of my mother and my brothers on me, a quiet but potent hatred.’
    • ‘As far as my other critics are concerned, the envy seems to have corroded down to hatred.’
    • ‘Oh, she knew hatred was not a ladylike emotion, but she simply could not help it.’
    • ‘It is not a grand theory but a simple truth that Hitler was motivated by the human emotion of hatred.’
    • ‘They must make it clear that religious hatred will not be tolerated and they must be seen to take a stand.’
    • ‘Morgaine snapped, her green eyes filled with hatred as she rounded on her brother.’
    • ‘I find that very profound because there is a great deal of hatred spouted in the name of religion.’
    • ‘Britain must be free to act against extremists who stir up hatred and incite terrorism.’
    • ‘It set an end to a terrible century of war and hatred between France and Germany.’
    • ‘I would like to express my pure hatred for those who light up a fag in front of children and even babies!’
    • ‘By the time he left each one of the towns the area was in the grip of racial hatred that spilled over into rioting.’
    loathing, hate, detestation, dislike, distaste, abhorrence, abomination, execration, resentment, aversion, hostility, ill will, ill feeling, bad feeling
    enmity, animosity, antagonism, antipathy, bitterness, animus, revulsion, disgust, contempt, repugnance, odium, rancour
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Middle English: from hate + -red (from Old English rǣden condition).