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[heyt] /heɪt/
verb (used with object), hated, hating.
to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest:
to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
to be unwilling; dislike:
I hate to do it.
verb (used without object), hated, hating.
to feel intense dislike, or extreme aversion or hostility.
intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility.
the object of extreme aversion or hostility.
noting or relating to acts that are motivated by hatred, prejudice, or intolerance:
a hate crime; hate mail.
Verb phrases
hate on, Informal. to show hate toward, criticize, or belittle, usually unfairly:
Don't hate on him just because he wins all the time.
Origin of hate
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
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.
1. love. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-hate
Historical Examples
  • In other words, he is imbued in one mood with self-love, in another with self-hate.

    Why we should read S. P. B. Mais
  • I turned all the self-hate that was consuming me against my friend, and said I know not what of outrage and insult.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • Jay or Jason, maddened by self-hate and jealousy, could disclaim responsibility for the other's acts.

    The Planet Savers Marion Zimmer Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for self-hate


to dislike (something) intensely; detest
(intransitive) to be unwilling (to be or do something)
intense dislike
(informal) a person or thing that is hated (esp in the phrase pet hate)
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-hate



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.


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with self-hate


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