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 formshate·ful·ly, adverbhate·ful·ness, nounun·hate·ful, adjective

Synonyms for hateful

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 for hateful

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Examples from the Web for hateful

Contemporary Examples of hateful

Historical Examples of hateful

  • 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



causing or deserving hate; loathsome; detestable
full of or showing hate
Derived Formshatefully, adverbhatefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hateful

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

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