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From Middle English hatrede, hatreden (hatred), from hate (hate) + -rede (suffix denoting state or condition), equivalent to hate +‎ -red; compare sibred, Scots luferent. Related to Icelandic hatri (hatred).


  • IPA(key): /ˈheɪtɹɪd/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪtɹɪd


hatred (countable and uncountable, plural hatreds)

  1. Strong aversion; intense dislike.
    Synonyms: hate, antipathy, hostility
    Antonyms: love, amity
    • 1697, [William] Congreve, The Mourning Bride, a Tragedy. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], →OCLC, Act III, page 39:
      Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd, / Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman ſcorn'd.
    • 1748, David Hume, Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral., London: Oxford University Press, published 1973, § 34:
      the very circumstance which renders it so innocent is what chiefly exposes it to the public hatred
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 8, in 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.
    • 2000, David Crystal, Language Death:
      Fears and hatreds pay no attention to facts.

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The noun hatred is not used as a modifier in compound nouns; instead, its synonym hate is used, as, for example, in hate crime.

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  1. Alternative form of hatrede