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[heyt-fuh l] /ˈheɪt fəl/
arousing hate or deserving to be hated:
the hateful oppression of dictators.
unpleasant; dislikable; distasteful:
She found her domestic chores hateful.
full of or expressing hate; malignant; malevolent:
a hateful denunciatory speech.
Origin of hateful
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at hate, -ful
Related forms
hatefully, adverb
hatefulness, noun
unhateful, adjective
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for hatefulness
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  • Edith's visit, so futile, so unlike her, had been prompted by the hatefulness of her nature.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • He was not, however, thinking of their hatefulness now, as he had come with an intention.

  • It holds up before man the hatefulness and ugliness of vice as a whole.

  • The hatefulness, the impossible arrogance and insolence of the man, she had thought!

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn
  • The four kickers looked miffed but they didnt try any hatefulness with her, so far as I could see.

  • In the former, we are taught the preciousness of the Sacrifice; in the latter, the hatefulness of sin.

  • But repinings only added to the hatefulness of his situation.

  • She presses her hands still closer against her eyes, as though to shut out from her own mind the hatefulness of such a thought.

    Mrs. Geoffrey Duchess
  • Time went on, but her attitude to it never developed beyond this alternate recognition of its hatefulness and its goodness.

    The Judge Rebecca West
  • For man's sake He must show His hate of sin that man, too, might know its hatefulness and learn to hate it with intensest hate.

British Dictionary definitions for hatefulness


causing or deserving hate; loathsome; detestable
full of or showing hate
Derived Forms
hatefully, adverb
hatefulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hatefulness



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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