SYNONYMY NOTE: hateful is applied to that which provokes extreme dislike or aversion; , odious stresses a disagreeable or offensive quality in that which is hateful; , detestable refers to that which arouses vehement dislike or antipathy; , obnoxious is applied to that which is very objectionable to one and causes great annoyance
or discomfort by its presence; that is , repugnant which is so distasteful or offensive that one offers strong resistance to it; that
is , abhorrent which is regarded with extreme repugnance or disgust; , abominable is applied to that which is execrably or degradingly offensive or loathsome 2.
causing or deserving hate; loathsome; detestable; odious
what a hateful thing to say!
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