Anything hateful has something to do with strong feelings of dislike, whether it's saying something hateful about a person you despise or the hateful practices of a country's oppressive government.

Use the adjective hateful for things that deserve hatred (like racist speech or injustice) or are full of hatred (like the hateful things you mutter about your brother under your breath). We can trace hateful back to the Old English hete, "hatred, spite, or malice." Its earliest meaning was simply "full of hate," and by the late 1500s the definition expanded to "exciting hate."

Definitions of hateful
  1. adjective
    evoking or deserving hatred
    “"no vice is universally as hateful as ingratitude"- Joseph Priestly”
    undesirable, unwanted
    not wanted
    characterized by enmity or ill will
    abominable, detestable, execrable, odious
    unequivocally detestable
    incapable of inspiring love or affection
    unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
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    lovable, loveable
    having characteristics that attract love or affection
    worth having or seeking or achieving
    characterized by friendship and good will
    adorable, endearing, lovely
    lovable especially in a childlike or naive way
    angelic, angelical, cherubic, seraphic, sweet
    having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub
    cuddlesome, cuddly
    inviting cuddling or hugging
    feeling or showing love and affection
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  2. adjective
    characterized by malice
    “a hateful thing to do”
    synonyms: mean
    awful, nasty
    offensive or even (of persons) malicious
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