• An object of hatred.
  • Hatred.
  • Negative feedback, abusive behaviour.



  • From Middle English hate, probably from Old English hatian and/or Old Norse hatr. Merged with Middle English hete, hæte, heate, from Old English hete, from Proto-Germanic *hataz ("hatred, hate"), from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂d- ("strong emotion"). Cognate with West Frisian haat, Dutch haat, German Hass, Norwegian and Swedish hat.
  • The verb is from Middle English haten, from Old English hatian ("to hate, treat as an enemy"), from Proto-Germanic *hatāną ("to hate"), from Proto-Germanic *hataz, from the same root as above.

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