from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A crime motivated by prejudice against a social group: "[His]murders were hate crimes targeting victims by gender” ( Jane Caputi and Diana E.H. Russell).
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- n. A crime considered particularly heinous for having been motivated by hate for a race, gender, religion, etc. which can result in harsher punishments by statute.
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