An example of hate is the feeling you experience towards someone who has done something horribly unkind to you.
An example of hate is what you feel towards someone who has just robbed you and destroyed your house.
Rivals who hate each other.
Hates washing dishes; hates to get up early.
I hate to interrupt, but can I ask you a quick question?
To hate arguments.
A hate group, a piece of hate mail.
One of my pet hates is traffic wardens.
There was a lot of hate in the comments on my vlog about Justin Beiber from his fans.
- To ridicule, insult, or act hatefully toward:Stop hating on them—they're my friends.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of hate
- Middle English haten from Old English hatian N., Middle English from Old English hete
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English haten, from Old English hatian (“to hate, treat as an enemy”), from Proto-Germanic *hatōną (“to hate”), from Proto-Germanic *hataz (“hatred, hate”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱād- (“strong emotion”). Cognate with Dutch haten, German hassen, Swedish hata, French haïr (a Germanic borrowing).