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  1. a person who has an intense dislike for another person or thing (often used in combination): I'm a big hater of opera. Are you a dog-hater?
  2. Informal. a person who thrives on showing hate toward, criticizing, or belittling other people or things, usually unfairly: The guy is just a hater, looking for a fight.
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Origin of hater

1350–1400; Middle English; see hate + -er1
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Related Words

doubter, egotist, skeptic, loner, egoist, misanthropist, recluse, cynic, hater, isolate

Examples from the Web for hater

Historical Examples

  • Hater for me, which he received and brought home to me, of which I am full glad.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete

    Samuel Pepys

  • Hater out of the office to my house to sit and talk with me.

  • Mr. Hater' was with me to-day, and I agreed with him to be my clerk.

  • The bearer of it, as well as the spear itself, was named “Tsitialainga,” which means “Hater of Lies.”

    The Fugitives

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • It is as the Hater of sin that He is revealed to us in ever-clearer forms from the first page of revelation to the last.

British Dictionary definitions for hater


    1. someone who hates a specified person or thinga passionate hater of tyranny
    2. (in combination)a woman-hater; a cop-hater
  1. informal, mainly US and Canadian a grudging or spiteful person, esp one who disparages othersDon't let the haters get you down
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Word Origin and History for hater


late 14c., "one who hates, an enemy," agent noun from hate (v.).

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