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

      

    hate

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//heɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//heɪt//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2[countable] (informal) a person or thing that you hate Plastic flowers have always been a particular hate of mine.
  3. Word Origin Old English hatian (verb), hete (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch haten (verb) and German hassen (verb), Hass ‘hatred’.Extra examples In her eyes he could see naked hate. Jazz has always been a pet hate of mine. She became a hate figure for politicians on the left. full of hate for the people who had betrayed her victim of a vicious hate campaign He had received racist hate mail. His eyes were flashing with hate and anger. I have so much hate for that man. She gave him a look of real hate. There were allegations of a hate campaign against the councillor. a look of pure hate people filled with hateIdioms
    somebody’s pet hate (British English) (North American English somebody’s pet peeve)
     
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    something that you particularly dislike
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hate