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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The gray ghost of morning was stealing into the hateful haze.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
  • They would now be turned by the Albanians against the hateful Yugoslavs.

  • He had always regarded the alarm-clock as the most hateful of all the inventions of capitalists to enslave the poor.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • And the spirit of Spite, the ugliest, most hateful of them all, was banished with the rest.

  • It is a comfort to know that in the British islands this hateful kind of tyranny never found a footing.

    Sketches of Church History James Craigie Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for hateful


causing or deserving hate; loathsome; detestable
full of or showing hate
Derived Forms
hatefully, adverb
hatefulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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