What does hateful mean?

Definitions for hateful
ˈheɪt fəlhate·ful

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word hateful.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hatefuladjective

    evoking or deserving hatred

    "no vice is universally as hateful as ingratitude"- Joseph Priestly

  2. hateful, meanadjective

    characterized by malice

    "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood"


  1. hatefuladjective

    Evoking a feeling of hatred.

  2. hatefuladjective


  3. hatefuladjective

    Full of hate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hatefuladjective

    Etymology: hate and full.

    My name’s Macbeth.
    —— The devil himself could not pronounce a title
    More hateful to mine ear. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    There is no vice more hateful to God and man than ingratitude. Henry Peacham.

    What owe I to his commands
    Who hates me, and hath hither thrust me down,
    To sit in hateful office here confin’d,
    Inhabitant of heav’n, and heav’nly born? John Milton, Par. Lost.

    I hear the tread
    Of hateful steps: I must be viewless now. John Milton.

    But Umbriel, hateful gnome! forbears not so;
    He breaks the vial whence the sorrows flow. Alexander Pope.

    Palamon, compell’d
    No more to try the fortune of the field;
    And, worse than death, to view with hateful eyes
    His rival’s conquest, and renounce the prize. Dryden.


  1. hateful

    Hateful refers to something that is causing or expressing intense dislike, disgust, or distaste. It characterizes extreme hostility, ill will, or malevolence towards someone or something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hatefuladjective

    manifesting hate or hatred; malignant; malevolent

  2. Hatefuladjective

    exciting or deserving great dislike, aversion, or disgust; odious

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hateful in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hateful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of hateful in a Sentence

  1. Euripides, Alcestis, 438 B.C.:

    A second wifeis hateful to the children of the first;a viper is not more hateful.

  2. Shane Windmeyer:

    You can’t continue to have a college that is seen as hateful, that is seen as discriminatory toward gay people, regardless of whether that college be Christian or otherwise.

  3. Hillary Clinton:

    This is the kind of deplorable not only hateful response to a legitimate security issue, but it is giving aid and comfort to ISIS and other radical jihadists.

  4. An NBA spokesperson:

    Based on attempts to include violent, abusive and hateful messages on personalized NBA jerseys, the personalization feature has been disabled on NBAStore.com, fanatics, the operator of our online store, isconducting a further review to establish appropriate safeguards and ensure that this feature is not used to promote violence, hate or abuse of any kind. Hawley blasted the leagues decision. Rather than let fans order #FreeHongKong jerseys @nba kills custom gear altogether.

  5. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    We would like to see leaders in the Muslim community stand up and speak out more forcefully in terms of condemning these hateful, radicalizing messages that we see from extremist organizations.

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