- 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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Examples from the Web for hating
Contrary to the conventional wisdom, there is nothing intrinsically “progressive” about hating suburbs.The Progressives’ War on Suburbia
November 16, 2014
Having reviewed anti-Israeli agitprop masquerading as theater, I was prepared to join critics in hating The Death of Klinghoffer.See the Met’s ‘Klinghoffer,’ Then Judge It
November 4, 2014
Hating on Gwyneth Paltrow and judging her self-appointed lifestyle ambassadorship is so passé.Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin Consciously Couple
August 15, 2014
Well, I, for one, think lack of exposure plays a role in hating other groups.Meet the Man Running for Congress on an Anti-Muslim Platform
July 24, 2014
They were unhinged souls looking for a cause and found it in the belief that hating the government was patriotic.Hatriot Politics Created the Las Vegas Killers
June 10, 2014
Harriett had a little shock of dismay and resentment, hating change.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
To hate him would be hating an overpowering force, like heat, or electricity.
And you have conquered, in a better way than you meant when you were angry and hating me.
Slender of body and soul, fit neither for loving nor hating.Poems
William D. Howells
I like the English and I can't see any good in just hating them!Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- 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 hating
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.
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.