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Hate or hatred is an emotion of very strong dislike for someone or something. It is a desire to avoid, restrict, remove, or destroy that person or thing. It is often thought the opposite of love.

Sigmund Freud said that hatred was a selfish feeling that wishes to get rid of whatever is making that person unhappy.[1] The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology says that hate is a "deep, enduring (long-lasting), intense emotion expressing animosity, anger, and hostility towards a person, group, or object."[2]

Hatred can often cause the hate crime and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights prohibits inciting hatred by the Article 20.

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  1. Freud, S. (1915). The instincts and their vicissitudes.
  2. Reber, A.S., & Reber, E. (2002). The Penguin dictionary of psychology. New York: Penguin Books.

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