Origin of hateful
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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.
1. likable, agreeable; commendable, praiseworthy.
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Examples from the Web for hateful
There is no such thing as speech so hateful or offensive it somehow “justifies” or “legitimizes” the use of violence.Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
If people could only renounce their hateful ideas, they could learn to love one another.COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
December 21, 2014
Would her embrace recognize the decade of hateful touch I had lived through?Patted Down by India’s Hugging Saint
July 20, 2014
“The pro-gay marriage people need to accept that even though we disagree, we are not hateful,” said Brown.The Coming Gay Marriage Witch Hunt
June 19, 2014
He says, “Why have the Gods made me love a hateful woman” over the body of their dead son.Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey on Cersei Lannister’s Future and That Controversial Rape Scene
June 17, 2014
Her eyes were hateful and her hands were nervous as she reviewed the past week.Her Father's Daughter
Be as cold as you please, be hateful if you will—I shall adore you whatever you may choose to be.The Dream
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.
I never saw such a hateful set of girls as there are in this school.
- causing or deserving hate; loathsome; detestable
- full of or showing hate
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Word Origin and History for hateful
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