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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 ?
said Sir James, with bitter emphasis, feeling that the syllables of this word properly repeated were a sufficient exposure of its hatefulness.
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.
There's a lot of gun violence, casual racism and hatefulness in general, especially toward women.
The hypocrisy and hatefulness ramp up from there: Liberals claim they are against forcing individuals to participate in events that they find personally objectionable, such as when someone prays in school thereby "forcing" atheists to pray along (actually praying in school merely exposes someone to religion, it doesn't force atheist students to do anything --so much for "diversity"), but liberals have no problem forcing Christians to actually participate in an atheistic/humanistic wedding ceremony.
We need to forcefully condemn the hatefulness and bigotry displayed this weekend in Tennessee.
At one time the producer did not want to bankroll the show because it was 'full of hatefulness and ugliness.
You may shoot me with your words … you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air I will rise.
He can easily attribute his own unwanted hatefulness to others, and he may then want to attack them for it.
A swarm can be prepared against, but one mosquito takes on a personality - hatefulness, a sinister quality of the struggle to the death.
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.
He should have from the beginning repudiated that kind of rhetoric, that level of hatefulness.
His Hatefulness, aka HH, and a band of teens who refuse to grow up, battling HH.