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

adj 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
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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adj characterized by malice

“a hateful thing to do”
awful, nasty
offensive or even (of persons) malicious

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