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hate

[heyt] /heɪt/
verb (used with object), hated, hating.
1.
to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest:
to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
2.
to be unwilling; dislike:
I hate to do it.
verb (used without object), hated, hating.
3.
to feel intense dislike, or extreme aversion or hostility.
noun
4.
intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility.
5.
the object of extreme aversion or hostility.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English hat(i)en, Old English hatian (v.); cognate with Dutch haten, Old Norse hata, Gothic hatan, German hassen
Related forms
hater, noun
self-hate, noun
unhated, adjective
unhating, adjective
unhatingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. loathe, execrate; despise. Hate, abhor, detest, abominate imply feeling intense dislike or aversion toward something. Hate, the simple and general word, suggests passionate dislike and a feeling of enmity: to hate autocracy. Abhor expresses a deep-rooted horror and a sense of repugnance or complete rejection: to abhor cruelty; Nature abhors a vacuum. Detest implies intense, even vehement, dislike and antipathy, besides a sense of disdain: to detest a combination of ignorance and arrogance. Abominate expresses a strong feeling of disgust and repulsion toward something thought of as unworthy, unlucky, or the like: to abominate treachery.
Antonyms
1. love.
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Examples from the web for hater
  • As a clergyman he was kindly and philanthropic, a good preacher, and a hater of mysticism.
  • Unlike some of his more strident opponents, he is evidently not a hater.
  • He had told her husband that he was an animal hater and was also rude to him.
British Dictionary definitions for hater

hater

/ˈheɪtə/
noun
1.
  1. someone who hates a specified person or thing: a passionate hater of tyranny
  2. (in combination): a woman-hater, a cop-hater
2.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) a grudging or spiteful person, esp one who disparages others: Don't let the haters get you down

hate

/heɪt/
verb
1.
to dislike (something) intensely; detest
2.
(intransitive) to be unwilling (to be or do something)
noun
3.
intense dislike
4.
(informal) a person or thing that is hated (esp in the phrase pet hate)
5.
(modifier) expressing or arousing feelings of hatred: hate mail
Derived Forms
hateable, hatable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hatian; related to Old Norse hata, Old Saxon hatōn, Old High German hazzēn
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Word Origin and History for hater
n.

late 14c., "one who hates, an enemy," agent noun from hate (v.).

hate

v.

Old English hatian "to hate," from Proto-Germanic *hatojanan (cf. Old Saxon haton, Old Norse hata, German hassen, Gothic hatan "to hate"), from PIE root *kad- "sorrow, hatred" (cf. Avestan sadra- "grief, sorrow, calamity," Greek kedos "care, trouble, sorrow," Welsh cas "pain, anger"). Related: Hated; hating. French haine (n.), hair (v.) are Germanic. Hate crime attested from 1988.

n.

Old English hete "hatred, spite," from Proto-Germanic *hatis- (cf. Old Norse hattr, Old Frisian hat, Dutch haat, Old High German has, German Hass, Gothic hatis; see hate (v.)). Altered in Middle English to conform with the verb. Hate mail is first attested 1967.

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Idioms and Phrases with hater

hate

In addition to the idiom beginning with hate also see: somebody up there loves (hates) me
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