Definition of hateful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhātfəl/


1Arousing, deserving of, or filled with hatred: hateful letters of abuse that had come unsigned
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  • Terror seeped through him as he met her pain filled, hateful gaze.
  • Yet on Saturday I was faced with some of the most vitriolic and hateful abuse you can imagine for actually calling something right.
  • We punish because the criminal act was loathsome and the criminal himself hateful.
1.1 informal Very unpleasant: I don’t have to stay in this hateful place
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  • She was no longer a hateful mess of classroom errors.
  • The hateful dress was mocking me. Therefore, the last thing I ever did in that house was to fling that wretched dress into the cleansing fire.
  • Why have you dressed me up in these hateful clothes?



Example sentences
  • Riley clenched his teeth together, glaring hatefully at the girl.
  • The blond man glared hatefully up to Greg, and the large man kicked him again, drawing another hurting grunt from Vincent.
  • They were talking in low voices, she didn't trust them at all, and did her best to catch Jeremy's eye and glare at him hatefully.


Example sentences
  • His love of life stands in sharp positive contrast to their hard-edged hatefulness and humorless, rigid work ethic.
  • No, he was too kind and pretended not to notice my hatefulness and sarcasm.
  • He hoped she grew out of her hatefulness one day, and hoped that there was a good reason why she was so full of malice and spite.

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Syllabification: hate·ful

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