from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To feel strong dislike for or hostility toward.
  • intransitive verb To feel dislike or distaste for.
  • intransitive verb To be disinclined (to do something) out of politeness or a need to apologize.
  • intransitive verb To feel hatred.
  • noun Intense animosity or dislike; hatred.
  • idiom (hate on (someone)) To ridicule, insult, or act hatefully toward.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • See hight.
  • To regard with a strong and passionate dislike or aversion; regard with extreme ill-will.
  • In a weakened sense, to dislike; be averse; be unwilling: commonly with an infinitive.
  • To have little regard for, or less than for some other; despise in comparison with something else regarded as more worthy: a use of the word in Scripture.
  • Synonyms Hate, Abhor, Detest, Abominate, Loathe. These words express the strongest forms of dislike and aversion of either persons or things. Hate may include the others; it is more permanent and includes more ill-will toward that which is hated. To abhor, literally to start from with horror, is to have all the better feelings excited against that which is abhorred: as, we abhor cruelty. To detest, literally to bear witness against, is to condemn with indignation. Abominate, by derivation and the Biblical use of its congeners, has generally reference to what is offensive to moral and religious sentiment. To loathe is primarily to have great aversion to food, and hence to have like disgust toward that which is offensive to the moral nature or the feelings.
  • To feel hatred: as, one who neither loves nor hates.
  • noun An emotion of extreme or passionate dislike or aversion; inveterate ill-will; hatred.
  • noun Vengeance; punishment.
  • noun Synonyms Ill-will, Enmity, etc. See animosity. (See also hatred.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Strong aversion coupled with desire that evil should befall the person toward whom the feeling is directed; as exercised toward things, intense dislike; hatred; detestation; -- opposed to love.
  • transitive verb To have a great aversion to, with a strong desire that evil should befall the person toward whom the feeling is directed; to dislike intensely; to detest
  • transitive verb To be very unwilling; followed by an infinitive, or a substantive clause with that
  • transitive verb (Script.) To love less, relatively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To dislike intensely; to feel strong hostility towards.
  • verb transitive, slang To dislike intensely due to envy.
  • noun An object of hatred.
  • noun Hatred.
  • noun Internet, colloquial Negative feedback, abusive behaviour.

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

  • verb dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards
  • noun the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action


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

[Middle English haten, from Old English hatian. N., Middle English, from Old English hete.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English hatian. Cognate with Dutch haten, German hassen, Swedish hata, French haïr (a Germanic borrowing). From Proto-Germanic *hatjanan (“to hate”), from Proto-Germanic *hataz (“hatred, hate”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱād- (“strong emotion”).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English hete, from Proto-Germanic *hataz. Cognate with West Frisian haat, Dutch haat, German Hass, Swedish hat.


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