Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Hatred

  • Forearm muscles appearing cut from stone
  • Thoughts of violence, playing out fantasies of violence or humiliation
  • Bitter, seething words meant to provoke
  • A black mood that no one can dispel
  • A pinched face, frigid features, mouth twisted into a snarl or sneer
  • Spitting in someone’s face, at their feet or in their direction
  • Rash decisions, impaired judgment
  • Single-minded focus on how to destroy another
  • Starting hateful gossip
  • An inability to enjoy positive things or happiness
  • Angry tears
  • Cursing, swearing
  • A scathing tone
  • A shaking, rage-filled voice
  • Promising or declaring to another that you will destroy them/make them pay…

Win your readers’ hearts by tailoring your character’s emotional responses so they’re compelling, credible, and realistic.

If you struggle with writing emotions like so many writers do, you’ll be happy to know that this sample has been expanded into book form. The full list of physical, internal, and mental cues for this and 74 other emotions can be found in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. For more information on this bestselling book and where it can be found, please visit our bookstore.

And the news gets better: we’ve added 15 entries to this collection, including grief, lust, and self-loathing. To access these, simply visit our online library at One Stop For Writers. There, you’ll find all 90 entries from our popular Emotion Thesaurus, which have been updated and enhanced to provide even greater value. Users also enjoy the flexibility of cross-referenced material for easy searchability across all of our completed thesaurus collections. Interested in viewing a sample? Register for free at One Stop, and see what this innovative online library can do for your storytelling.


Angela is an international speaker and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also enjoys dreaming up new tools and resources for One Stop For Writers, a library built to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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14 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Hatred

  1. Pingback: Emotion Thesaurus Entry Collection (Samples) | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS

  2. Becca says:

    That’s why we started this Thesaurus; we both found ourselves using the same old phrases to describe our character’s emotions. Making a list helped us so much we thought it might help others, too.

  3. Marilyn says:

    I find this list interesting and informative. I didn’t know there were so many ways to define hatred. Many people would probably write – he was seething with hatred – but just saying that doesn’t properly define the characters experience and motivation now does it?

  4. Angela says:

    Thanks so much for visiting, everyone!

  5. Tina says:

    I swear, once you have all these done, the first thing I thought of was “my that would be a great book”. I wish your blog well and tons of traffic because its one of the most interesting ones I have read lately.
    Thanks for the invitation, and the comfy chair.

  6. WendyCinNYC says:

    I’m going to bookmark this blog too. Nice job.

  7. vendetta…yes, I have one of those. I love the hatred thesaurus (is that strange?)! Thanks for the post.

  8. auria cortes says:

    I book marked this blog. Excellent work.

  9. Marian says:

    The new idea for a blog sounds interesting, angela. Description can be tricky. I’m looking forward to reading that one as well.

  10. Kelly - PTT says:

    This is AWESOME! What a great focus for your blog! And you’re very good at finding excellent ways to write the same emotion. Thanks so much!

  11. Becca says:

    We’re glad to have you, Grace :).

  12. ~grace~ says:

    oh my goodness, these “emotion thesaurus” things are fantastic. I’m glad I found you guys. 🙂

  13. Angela says:

    Thanks for stopping by! Yes, we blog a few posts each week, rather than daily. Our Thesaurus is always posted on Thursdays, however.

    When this one is complete, we’ll start a new one that highlights a different area of description that writers may struggle with. Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂

  14. Razib Ahmed says:

    Wow, so many things are related to “Hatred”. Thanks for it. I spent 5 minutes reading it. You have an interesting blog but the entries are a bit sporadic.

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