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[heyt-fuh l] /ˈheɪt fəl/
arousing hate or deserving to be hated:
the hateful oppression of dictators.
unpleasant; dislikable; distasteful:
She found her domestic chores hateful.
full of or expressing hate; malignant; malevolent:
a hateful denunciatory speech.
Origin of hateful
1300-50; Middle English; see hate, -ful
Related forms
hatefully, adverb
hatefulness, noun
unhateful, adjective
1. abominable, execrable, abhorrent, repugnant; invidious, loathsome. Hateful, obnoxious, odious, offensive refer to something that causes strong dislike or annoyance. Hateful implies actually causing hatred or extremely strong dislike: The sight of him is hateful to me. Obnoxious emphasizes causing annoyance or discomfort by objectionable qualities: His persistence made him seem obnoxious. His piggish manners made him obnoxious to his companions. Odious emphasizes the disagreeable or displeasing: an odious little man; odious servility. Offensive emphasizes the distaste and resentment caused by something that may be either displeasing or insulting: an offensive odor, remark.
1. likable, agreeable; commendable, praiseworthy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hateful
  • However, over the years,some mean and hateful people have done some mean and hateful things to other human beings.
  • It's sad that someone can be so hateful of non-human beings.
  • Obviously, to avoid hateful sprawl outside, density somewhat less hateful must be accommodated inside the urban-growth boundary.
  • The move from blue-collar to service work is brutal, and over time some employees lose the will to stick it out in a hateful job.
  • Talkers on cable and radio are saying the same idiotic and hateful things.
  • They froze in that stance of rigid fury cats have perfected, and began yowling in a tone that could only be called hateful.
  • In a few moments, she can turn from kind to hateful, rational to unhinged.
  • Political cartoons are hateful unless you agree with them.
  • These are only a few examples of the danger of a hateful climate that results when communities are stereotyped inaccurately.
  • Arabs are not fair game for bigotry, lies, and hateful messages.
British Dictionary definitions for hateful


causing or deserving hate; loathsome; detestable
full of or showing hate
Derived Forms
hatefully, adverb
hatefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hateful

mid-14c., "full of hate;" late 14c., "exciting hate;" from hate + -ful. Related: Hatefully; hatefulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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