Definition of hatred noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈheɪtrɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪtrɪd//
[uncountable, countable]
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a very strong feeling of dislike for somebody/something He looked at me with intense hatred. There was fear and hatred in his voice. hatred (for/of somebody/something) She felt nothing but hatred for her attacker. a profound hatred of war hatred (towards somebody) feelings of hatred towards the bombers racial hatred (= between people from different races) The debate simply revived old hatreds. 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. Word OriginMiddle English: from hate + -red (from Old English rǣden ‘condition’).Extra examples Hatred flared up inside her. He has a deep hatred of the police. He is accused of stirring up racial hatred. I felt no hatred for him. Ignorance can breed hatred. She shot him a look of pure hatred. She stared at it in hatred. She was full of hatred and bitterness. They were blamed for inciting hatred against religious minorities. his hatred of women inciting religious hatred against the Catholic minority the intense hatred between the two communities their hatred towards the oppressors
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