hatred

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From Middle English hatrede, hatreden (hatred), from hate (hate) + -reden (suffix denoting state or condition), equivalent to hate +‎ -red. Related to Icelandic hatri (hatred).

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hatred (plural hatreds)

  1. Strong aversion; intense dislike; hateful regard; an affection of the mind awakened by something regarded as unpleasant, harmful or evil.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 34.
      the very circumstance which renders it so innocent is what chiefly exposes it to the public hatred
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 8, The China Governess[1]:
      It was a casual sneer, obviously one of a long line. There was hatred behind it, but of a quiet, chronic type, nothing new or unduly virulent, and he was taken aback by the flicker of amazed incredulity that passed over the younger man's ravaged face.
    • David Crystal
      Fears and hatreds pay no attention to facts.

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