American English

Definition of hate noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] a very strong feeling of dislike for someone synonym hatred a look of hate a hate campaign (= cruel comments made about someone 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
  2. 2[countable] (informal) a person or thing that you hate Plastic flowers have always been a particular hate of mine.
  3. 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.
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