the feeling of one who hates; intense dislike or extreme aversion or hostility.

Origin of hatred

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at hate, -red
Related formspre·ha·tred, nounself-ha·tred, noun

Synonyms for hatred

Antonyms for hatred

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Examples from the Web for hatred

Contemporary Examples of hatred

Historical Examples of hatred

  • Hatred has no place beside the calm and awful dignity of justice.

  • We are often influenc'd by our Love, or our Hatred, before we are aware of it our selves.

    A Letter to Dion

    Bernard Mandeville

  • Hatred is to be repaid by love, life is to be filled with kindness and compassion.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • Hatred burned in his eyes at the memory, like some fire that had been banked but had never died.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • Hatred of sin is love shrinking from that which separates from its lover.

British Dictionary definitions for hatred



a feeling of intense dislike; enmity
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Word Origin and History for hatred

early 13c., from hate + rare suffix -red, from Old English ræden "state, condition," related to verb rædan "to advise, discuss, rule, read, guess." See read (v.) and cf. second element of kindred and proper names Æþelræd and Alfred.

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