- 1 [uncountable] a very strong feeling of dislike for somebody synonym hatred a look of hate a hate campaign (= cruel comments made about somebody over a period of time in order to damage their reputation) hate mail (= letters containing cruel comments) a strange relationship built on love and hate Which Word?hate / hatred These two words have a similar meaning. Hatred is more often used to describe a very strong feeling of dislike for a particular person or thing:Her deep hatred of her sister was obvious. a cat’s hatred of water. Hate is more often used when you are talking about this feeling in a general way:a look of pure hate people filled with hate.
- 2[countable] (informal) a person or thing that you hate Plastic flowers have always been a particular hate of mine. Word Origin Old English hatian (verb), hete (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch haten (verb) and German hassen (verb), Hass
something that you particularly dislike