[ heyt-fuhl ]
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  1. arousing hate or deserving to be hated: the hateful oppression of dictators.

  2. unpleasant; dislikable; distasteful: She found her domestic chores hateful.

  1. 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

synonym study For hateful

1. 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.

Other words for hateful

Opposites for hateful

Other words from hateful

  • hate·ful·ly, adverb
  • hate·ful·ness, noun
  • un·hate·ful, adjective

Words Nearby hateful

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How to use hateful in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hateful


/ (ˈheɪtfʊl) /

  1. causing or deserving hate; loathsome; detestable

  2. full of or showing hate

Derived forms of hateful

  • hatefully, adverb
  • hatefulness, noun

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