Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Intense animosity or hostility.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Strong aversion; intense dislike; hateful regard; an affection of the mind awakened by something regarded as unpleasant, harmful or evil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Strong aversion; intense dislike; hate; an affection of the mind awakened by something regarded as evil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The emotion or feeling of hate; hate. See hate, n., 1.
  • n. Synonyms Ill-will, Enmity, etc. (see animosity); Hatred, Dislike, Antipathy, etc. (see antipathy); Disgrace, Disfavor, Dishonor (see odium); detestation, loathing, abhorrence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action

Etymologies

Middle English : hate, hate; see hate + -rede, condition (from Old English -rǣden; see ar- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English hatrede, hatreden ("hatred"), from hate ("hate") + -reden (suffix denoting state or condition), equivalent to hate +‎ -red. Related to Icelandic hatri ("hatred"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Any examples that don't survive in modern English?

    August 27, 2010

  • One of two words surviving in modern English with the abstract noun formative suffix -red, the other being kindred. This is not the same suffix as in hundred.

    August 26, 2010

  • Hatred has been looked up 393 times, favorited 0 times, listed 10 times, commented on 0 times, and has a Scrabble score of 10.

    July 24, 2010