Exam Vocabulary and Synonyms for Hate

On this page, you will find lists of words to help you expand your vocabulary related to the word ‘hate’. There are nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs, so you will learn how to put stronger sentences together with more sophisticated language. Practicing forming sentences in this way is particularly good if you are preparing for exams, such as IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, SAT, LSAT, Civil Services, and Banking.

Example Sentence Showing Synonyms and Different Word Forms:

He had a deep (adjective) hatred (noun) for the unknown. You might even say that he was disturbingly (adverb) averse (adjective) to learning new things. Meanwhile, his sister harboured a deep-seated (adjective) malice (noun) for anything that reminded her of her distasteful (adjective) and wicked (adjective) past.





In this column, you will find words that you will come across in everyday English, and which are even suitable for exams like IELTS or TOEFL.

*An asterisk means that this word is less popular in everyday English than the other words in the list. These words may also be asked in some simpler exams.

In this column, you will find words that are likely to be asked in more Advanced Exams, such as GRE, MBA, SAT/LSAT, Civil Service, Banks, etc.


Some Nouns for ‘(a) hatred’

(e.g. animosity towards; an aversion to; a contempt for)



Following the incident, she felt nothing but hatred for him.

I’ve decided to forgive you. I don’t feel any malice towards you whatsoever.

I suppose, in the beginning, I experienced a distaste for the work, but I got used to it.

You showed nothing but disdain for this family with the way you spoke to us!

His expression told us all we needed to know. It displayed the disgust he felt for those around him.

I was filled with abhorrence at the thought of walking through the bug-infested grass.

The staff said they experienced a lot of hostility from the new management, as if they really didn’t want to keep them working there.

I didn’t appreciate the sheer antipathy you displayed towards that client. Remember who pays your wages!

From that moment on, I developed an outright contempt for people like them. They didn’t deserve my support.

An objective piece about one’s enemies should be written without any personal animus. Otherwise, it simply colours the facts with feelings.

The thoughts of spending time her with again filled him with revulsion.

Throughout the entire encounter, the leader of the group maintained his animosity towards us. We were not safe there.

She never really let go of the enmity she felt towards her sister. She just couldn’t get over the past.

I developed an aversion towards spicy food after being so sick that night.


Some Adjectives to Describe ‘(a) hatred’

(e.g. a deep hatred for; a burning malice; consuming contempt for/towards)



The locals seemed to entertain a deep-seated hatred for foreigners.

I have long been averse to doing nothing. I like to have productive days.

His animosity towards his parents was all-encompassing, and it defined every decision he made.

There’s no need to be so disdainful towards your employees. You need to treat them with respect.

She was so lazy. Some people said she displayed a dreadful aversion towards working.

I can’t believe how scornful you’re being!

Seething with rage, he projected a burning contempt for anyone in authority.

His contempt for others became so overwhelming that he ended up staying indoors.

The fascist group approached the world with a consuming hatred for anyone who didn’t agree with them.

After eating that terrible meal, I developed a lifelong hatred for sushi, whereas my wife now has a lifelong aversion to all seafood!

A rising/growing animosity threatened to overwhelm him, but he fought it down and carried on.

We were disgusted by how we were treated at the hotel, so we made a complaint to the Manager.

You’ve been nothing but contemptuous towards me since we first met!


Some Verbs for ‘to hate’

(e.g. He loathed; She despised; They detested)



He loathes watching sentimental movies. He finds them so cheesy!

I abhor loud music. I’d much rather relax to something sedate and calming.

She detests spicy food. It makes her nose run and her stomach sick.

They despise each other since the breakup. They haven’t spoken a word to each other for months.


Some Adverbs for Describing How (or to what degree) Someone Hates

(e.g. decidedly hateful; overwhelmingly scornful; relentlessly contemptuous)



It was a decidedly hateful act, leaving everyone shocked.

She was relentlessly disdainful, never backing down or changing her hateful attitude.

What they did left us all feeling deeply contemptuous of the situation.

My mother seemed to be overwhelmingly disgusted by what we did. I had never seen her so angry.

I was quite shocked by her response, as she became disturbingly hostile towards us.

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