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hateful

[heyt-fuh l] /ˈheɪt fəl/
adjective
1.
arousing hate or deserving to be hated:
the hateful oppression of dictators.
2.
unpleasant; dislikable; distasteful:
She found her domestic chores hateful.
3.
full of or expressing hate; malignant; malevolent:
a hateful denunciatory speech.
Origin of hateful
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at hate, -ful
Related forms
hatefully, adverb
hatefulness, noun
unhateful, adjective
Synonyms
1. abominable, execrable, abhorrent, repugnant; invidious, loathsome. Hateful, obnoxious, odious, offensive refer to something that causes strong dislike or annoyance. Hateful implies actually causing hatred or extremely strong dislike: The sight of him is hateful to me. Obnoxious emphasizes causing annoyance or discomfort by objectionable qualities: His persistence made him seem obnoxious. His piggish manners made him obnoxious to his companions. Odious emphasizes the disagreeable or displeasing: an odious little man; odious servility. Offensive emphasizes the distaste and resentment caused by something that may be either displeasing or insulting: an offensive odor, remark.
Antonyms
1. likable, agreeable; commendable, praiseworthy.
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  • Her eyes were hateful and her hands were nervous as she reviewed the past week.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Be as cold as you please, be hateful if you will—I shall adore you whatever you may choose to be.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Stryker turned upon him an expression at once ludicrous, piteous and hateful.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • I guess I sha'n't go to Mr. Gordon; he's just as hateful as he can be.

    The Green Satin Gown Laura E. Richards
  • I never saw such a hateful set of girls as there are in this school.

    The Green Satin Gown Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for hateful

hateful

/ˈheɪtfʊl/
adjective
1.
causing or deserving hate; loathsome; detestable
2.
full of or showing hate
Derived Forms
hatefully, adverb
hatefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hateful
adj.

mid-14c., "full of hate;" late 14c., "exciting hate;" from hate + -ful. Related: Hatefully; hatefulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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