hate hāt/ verb 1. feel intense or passionate dislike for (someone). "the boys hate each other" synonyms: loathe, detest, despise, dislike, abhor, execrate; More noun 1. intense or passionate dislike. "feelings of hate and revenge" synonyms: hatred, loathing, detestation, dislike, distaste, abhorrence, abomination, execration, aversion; More I try to avoid the use of this word in political discussion because to me it seems to connotate an extreme inappropriate, thoughtless feeling that borders on prejudice. However when I looked up the definition, I found "passionate dislike" and I realized that although hate is often based on prejudicial thinking, passionate dislike can be a grounded, well thought out and justified expression based on the subject matter. What I'm seeing is often the word is used as a weapon to brand others as being unreasonably extreme. So despite what the dictionary says, is this a valid observation?