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Definition of hatred noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[uncountable, countable]
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 a very strong feeling of dislike for someone or 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 (toward somebody) feelings of hatred toward 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.
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