As I understand them, when used as nouns they both mean the same: a strong feeling of dislike, but I'm not sure about how "intense" are each one related to the other.

Does one of them represent a stronger feeling than the other, or their difference resides more in the context where they are used?


Hate and hatred, when used as nouns, have the same meaning. The difference between them is that hate is also used as modifier (e.g. a hate campaign), while hatred is not used as modifier (as it would be in a hatred campaign).

| improve this answer | |
  • 1
    By modifier, do you mean adjective? – mcalex Jan 26 '13 at 3:44
  • 2
    I mean a noun that is used as attribute of another noun. A modifier precedes the noun that modifies, and it can be an adjective, such as in good family house. (Both good and family are modifiers of house). – kiamlaluno Jan 26 '13 at 4:23
  • hate can be used as a noun? So I could say my hate? – Jonathan de M. Feb 6 '13 at 15:31
  • 1
    @JonathandeM. Hate is a verb, and a noun. In feelings of hate and revenge, hate is a noun. I am not sure about saying my hate, but I guess it is like saying my dislike. If one is acceptable, then also the other one should be acceptable. Probably it should be my hating, and my disliking. – kiamlaluno Feb 6 '13 at 15:39
  • hatred campaign is perfectly grammatical. There are no nouns that cannot be clumped with other nouns to make a noun phrase. – Kaz Oct 20 '13 at 16:08

Hate is the verb, hatred the noun. Hate is also used as a noun, but hatred is not a verb.

From an intensity viewpoint, and when used in a noun context, there is no difference i.e. hate = hatred.

The hate he felt for her matched the hatred she felt for him. You could switch the two words around in that sentence with no difference to the meaning.

| improve this answer | |
  • I've just edited my question in order to emphasize that it relates to them only as nouns. – Nicolás Jan 25 '13 at 19:06
  • And me, my answer. – mcalex Jan 25 '13 at 19:10

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.