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?

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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).

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    By modifier, do you mean adjective?
    – mcalex
    Commented Jan 26, 2013 at 3:44
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    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).
    – avpaderno
    Commented Jan 26, 2013 at 4:23
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    hate can be used as a noun? So I could say my hate? Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 15:31
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    @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.
    – avpaderno
    Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 15:39
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    hatred campaign is perfectly grammatical. There are no nouns that cannot be clumped with other nouns to make a noun phrase.
    – Kaz
    Commented Oct 20, 2013 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.


rule of thumb for English: no two different words have the same meaning.

I use 'hate' as a noun only when modifying another noun, e.g.: hate speech or hate crime.

While people are using 'hate' as a standalone noun more today than before, possibly thanks to the incessant use of it as a standalone noun by groups such as ADL, 'hatred' is always valid as the standalone noun where 'hate' could be.

So for sake of clarity I suggest using 'hatred' unless you are modifying another noun.

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