- to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
- to be unwilling; dislike: I hate to do it.
- to feel intense dislike, or extreme aversion or hostility.
- intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility.
- the object of extreme aversion or hostility.
- noting or relating to acts that are motivated by hatred, prejudice, or intolerance: a hate crime; a hate group; hate mail.
- hate on, Informal. to show hate toward, criticize, or belittle, usually unfairly: Don't hate on him just because he wins all the time.
Origin of hate
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- a combining form describing something that one does but professes to dislike and that may indicate conflicting love/hate emotions, as in hate-read; hate-kiss; hate-sex.
Examples from the Web for hate
Everyone says they hate cops,” Jaden wrote, “but they are the people that they call for help.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
In the mindset of the Coexist camp, those abstract beliefs have become twisted things, wrapped up with hate.COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
December 21, 2014
Because all you guys do is talk about how you hate this person because of that.Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
And even today there are despicable instances of hate crimes versus Jews in our country.Muslims & Jews Unite vs. Abercrombie & Fitch
December 16, 2014
To not give in to profiteers, paid-off politicians and an extreme minority who hate its government and way of life.The Gun Battle Since Newtown
December 14, 2014
But no doubt the gang had thought caution to be the better part of hate.Way of the Lawless
He would only go away as soon as he had had enough of it, and hate him all the same!
For the moment at least, the man is open to influences from another source than his hate.
You are right; I do not feel the smallest inclination to hate him.
Folks say I'm prejudiced against em; but it isn't so—I hate 'em.
- to dislike (something) intensely; detest
- (intr) to be unwilling (to be or do something)
- intense dislike
- informal a person or thing that is hated (esp in the phrase pet hate)
- (modifier) expressing or arousing feelings of hatredhate mail
Word Origin and History for hate
Old English hatian "to hate," from Proto-Germanic *hatojanan (cf. Old Saxon haton, Old Norse hata, German hassen, Gothic hatan "to hate"), from PIE root *kad- "sorrow, hatred" (cf. Avestan sadra- "grief, sorrow, calamity," Greek kedos "care, trouble, sorrow," Welsh cas "pain, anger"). Related: Hated; hating. French haine (n.), hair (v.) are Germanic. Hate crime attested from 1988.
Old English hete "hatred, spite," from Proto-Germanic *hatis- (cf. Old Norse hattr, Old Frisian hat, Dutch haat, Old High German has, German Hass, Gothic hatis; see hate (v.)). Altered in Middle English to conform with the verb. Hate mail is first attested 1967.