Usage: often attributive
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hete; akin to Old High German haz hate, Greek kēdos care
Date: before 12th century
a. intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury
b. extreme dislike or antipathy ; loathing <had a great hate of hard work> 2. an object of hatred <a generation whose finest hate had been big business — F. L. Paxson> II. verb (hated; hating) Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to feel extreme enmity toward <hates his country's enemies> 2. to have a strong aversion to ; find very distasteful <hated to have to meet strangers> <hate hypocrisy> intransitive verb to express or feel extreme enmity or active hostility • hater noun Synonyms: hate, detest, abhor, abominate, loathe mean to feel strong aversion or intense dislike for. hate implies an emotional aversion often coupled with enmity or malice <hated the enemy with a passion>. detest suggests violent antipathy <detests cowards>. abhor implies a deep often shuddering repugnance <a crime abhorred by all>. abominate suggests strong detestation and often moral condemnation <abominates all forms of violence>. loathe implies utter disgust and intolerance <loathed the mere sight of them>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.