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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.

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HOW TO USE OUR SYNONYM TABLES:

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

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.

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.

*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.

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Some Nouns for ‘a hatred’

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

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

  • feel hatred (for/towards)

  • experience dislike (for/towards)

  • show/display disgust (for/towards)

  • display/experience hostility (towards)

  • contempt (for/towards)

  • animus (towards)

  • *revulsion (towards)

  • animosity (towards)

  • *aversion (towards)

  • enmity (towards)

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Some Adjectives to Describe ‘a hatred’

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

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

a deep hatred/malice/contempt

(for/towards)

an all-encompassing hatred/animosity

(for/towards)

a dreadful hatred/disdain/*aversion

(for/*towards)

a burning hatred/revulsion/contempt

(for/towards)

an overwhelming hatred/animosity/contempt

(for/towards)

a consuming hatred/revulsion/contempt

(for/towards)

  • a lifelong hatred/animosity

(for/towards)

  • a lifelong aversion (to)

a rising hatred/contempt/animosity

(for/towards)

to be disgusted by

to be averse to

to be disdainful of/towards

to be scornful of/towards

to be contemptuous of/towards

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Some Verbs for ‘to hate’

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

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

He loathes watching sentimental movies

I absolutely loathe having to study for exams!

I abhor loud music

He abhorred the way exams were conducted

She detests spicy food

Everyone detested having to sit exams so early in the morning

They despise each other

She despised her teacher, so she blamed him on her poor performance in the exams

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

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

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

decidedly hateful/scornful/contemptuous

relentlessy hateful/disgusted/disdainful

deeply hateful/contemptuous/revolted

overwhelmingly hateful/disgusted/scornful

disturbingly hateful/contemptuous/hostile

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