Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To feel hostility or animosity toward.
  • transitive v. To detest.
  • transitive v. To feel dislike or distaste for: hates washing dishes.
  • intransitive v. To feel hatred.
  • n. Intense animosity or dislike; hatred.
  • n. An object of detestation or hatred: My pet hate is tardiness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To dislike intensely; to feel strong hostility towards.
  • v. To dislike intensely due to envy.
  • n. An object of hatred.
  • n. Hatred.
  • n. Negative feedback, abusive behaviour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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 v. To be very unwilling; followed by an infinitive, or a substantive clause with that
  • transitive v. To love less, relatively.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. An emotion of extreme or passionate dislike or aversion; inveterate ill-will; hatred.
  • n. Vengeance; punishment.
  • n. Synonyms Ill-will, Enmity, etc. See animosity. (See also hatred.)
  • See hight.

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English haten, from Old English hatian. N., Middle English, from Old English hete.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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”). (Wiktionary)
From Old English hete, from Proto-Germanic *hataz. Cognate with West Frisian haat, Dutch haat, German Hass, Swedish hat. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I hate Saint Winifred's, I hate Dr Lane, I hate Robertson, and I _hate, hate, hate_ Paton! "he said, stamping angrily.

    St. Winifred's, or The World of School

  • And I hate, hate, *hate* the idea of starting a query letter with, say, 'Dear Seraphina Snark'.

    Archive 2006-09-10

  • I personally * hate hate hate* when I feel like doing stuff that I know is * stupid stupid stupid*.

    misspinkkate Diary Entry

  •    In the case of my uncle, he has a career ... and I hate to see him-I hate  to see his name used.

    TEDBUNDY

  • I meant to live so that I could tell you again to your face that I hate you, hate you -- _hate_ you!

    The Making of a Soul

  • "I hate, I hate, I _hate_ your mother -- if she does have rings!"

    The Iron Woman

  • And when I think of that I hate you, I _hate you_! ...

    Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) A Novel

  • She looked fixedly at the prison, then with angry fires flashing in her dark eyes: "I hate you, I _hate_ you," she cried.

    Through the Wall

  • "But, papa, I hate him so -- I just _hate_ him!" she declared, earnestly.

    Santa Claus's Partner

  • I can work on that; and, lassies, it will be a great relief to me, for I hate -- I _hate_ being purred on and kissed all day long.

    Hollyhock A Spirit of Mischief

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    July 24, 2010

  • Not much joy on ipn-iee, 'boros.

    September 30, 2008

  • Is it possible to hate hate?

    September 3, 2008

  • How does what you hate define you? see: I plus not-I equals everything.

    December 22, 2006