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1. Eliciting or deserving hatred.
2. Feeling or showing hatred: "After she'd drunk the cocktail ... Mary sat there seeing faces, hearing voices in a blank hateful haze" (John Dos Passos).
3. Informal Very unpleasant or unappealing: a hateful chore.

hate′ful·ly adv.
hate′ful·ness n.
Synonyms: hateful, detestable, odious, offensive, repellent
These often interchangeable adjectives describe what elicits or deserves strong dislike, distaste, or revulsion. Hateful refers to what evokes hatred or deep animosity: "No vice is universally so hateful as ingratitude" (Joseph Priestley).
Detestable applies to what arouses abhorrence or scorn: detestable crimes against humanity. Something odious is the object of intense displeasure or aversion: "the odious practice of sending prisoners abroad to be tortured" (Ronald Dworkin).
Offensive applies to what offends or insults: an offensive suggestion that the writer was guilty of plagiarism. Something repellent arouses repugnance or disgust: "[The motion picture code] banned the portrayal of repellent subjects—the sale of women, surgical operations, cruelty to children and animals" (Jeffrey Meyers).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hatefulness - the quality of being hateful
odiousness, offensiveness, distastefulness - the quality of being offensive
كراهِيَه، مَقْت، بُغْض
andstyggilegheit, kvikindisháttur
nefret etme


(heit) verb
to dislike very much. I hate them for their cruelty to my father; I hate getting up in the morning.
1. great dislike. a look of hate.
2. something disliked. Getting up in the morning is one of my pet (= particular) hates.
ˈhateful adjective
very bad; very unpleasant. That was a hateful thing to do to her; What a hateful person!
ˈhatefully adverb
ˈhatefulness noun
hatred (ˈheitrid) noun
great dislike. There was a look of hatred in his eyes; I have a deep-seated hatred of liars.
References in classic literature ?
Her manner became less calm, her utterance more rapid and agitated, as she tried to bring home to the people their guilt their wilful darkness, their state of disobedience to God--as she dwelt on the hatefulness of sin, the Divine holiness, and the sufferings of the Saviour, by which a way had been opened for their salvation.
said Sir James, with bitter emphasis, feeling that the syllables of this word properly repeated were a sufficient exposure of its hatefulness.
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise.
His Hatefulness, aka HH, and a band of teens who refuse to grow up, battling HH.
Over the years, I tried to be kind, but when she started taking her hatefulness out on our children, we set up big boundaries.
Quindlen notes the hatefulness of the "graphic and impersonal" sex in American Psycho, and finds Bateman's misogynistic attitudes and sexually violent behaviour towards women hateful and nauseating.
And I'm not at all sure that such unbalanced people should serve time in clink for their hatefulness.
You may shoot me with your words,/ You may cut me with your eyes,/ You may kill me with your hatefulness,/ But still, like air, I'll rise.
This hatefulness had been partly determined by the very nature of 19th-century American immigration, about which development the average Brit of 1923 knew little and cared less.
But the root of the problems in Sochi lies much deeper than the corrupt practices of Putin's friends or the hatefulness of his law on homosexual propaganda.
For once one could understand this man's hatefulness, as his wife Sieglinde displayed an unusual flirtatiousness and determination as she invited a wayfaring stranger into their home.
Especially when that art speaks of current events like corporations being people, the digital centralization of currency on devices, the hatefulness in immigration reform proposals, redefining social security, the debate on same sex marriage, the difficulty in coming out with family and at work, DOMA, and the continuing, and frankly dangerous, resurgence of white supremacy groups like the KKK that today wear suits more than white hoods.