haïr

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French haïr "to hate" from Old French haïr, hadir "to hate" (compare Old French enhadir "to become filled with hate"), from Frankish *hatjan "to hate" from Proto-Germanic *hatjaną (to hunt, rush, attack), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱād- (strong emotion). Akin to Old High German hezzen (to hunt, pursue), Old English hettan (to pursue, persecute), Old English hete (hate, hatred). More at hate, heinous.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

haïr

  1. (transitive) to hate

Usage notes[edit]

  • Unlike in most of French words beginning with a vowel or h, this verb does not elide the vowels or the h if they precede this verb, i.e. "I hate you" is je te hais, not je t'hais.

Conjugation[edit]

  • This verb is spelled as if conjugated like finir, but has a diaeresis throughout its conjugation (including where the circumflex would normally be used) except in the singular indicative present, whose forms are pronounced /ɛ/ in Standard French instead of /ai/, a pronunciation nonetheless often found in informal speech.

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Etymology[edit]

From Frankish *hatjan.

Verb[edit]

haïr

  1. to hate

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