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Do you hate or passionately dislike?

Asked by passthecream (24 points ) December 7th, 2011

People say, “I don’t hate, I dislike.” Is there really a difference or are we just sugar-coating it?

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rojo's avatar

I think it is possible to dislike without hating. To me, hating means I actually care enough to have an opinon.

WestRiverrat's avatar

I do my best to avoid hate, it takes too much effort and gives the object of the hate too much power.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I think people say that (at least sometimes) because they want to clarify rather than obfuscate what they’re saying…that is it’s a reflex (sadly) to say ‘I hate’ first and then reflect whether that’s what we really meant to say. I tend to back away from my ‘I hate’ when I say things like ‘I hate person X’ because I never hate the person…I hate their views or actions.

Coloma's avatar

Yes. I passionately dislike, hate is far too strong of a word, liars, manipulators and hypocrites.. lol

I “hate” that they are so fucked up I dislike them them with a passion.

JLeslie's avatar

Sometimes I hate. It is very rare that I hate a person, in fact I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head. There definitely are some foods I hate. I also hate my chronic ilness; in fact hate it not strong enough. I also agree part of the correction to dislike is what @Simone_De_Beauvoir said.

jonsblond's avatar

I’m not afraid to admit there are some things, and people, I hate.

SavoirFaire's avatar

My mother says that disliking something is a reason to avoid it, but hating something is a reason to destroy it. So if we said we hated someone when we were kids, she’d ask “do you dislike him enough to kill him?” If we said “no,” she would tell us that we didn’t really hate him. Maybe she was being a bit folksy and exaggerating somewhat, but I think it’s at least accurate to say that there is a difference between wanting to avoid something and being hostile towards it. The former involves dislike, the latter involves hate.

jerv's avatar

It depends on what those feelings are directed towards.

Then again, I rarely hate; I usually either dislike or have a raging fucking malevolent psychosis.

jrpowell's avatar

I’m pretty comfortable with saying hate. There are people here I hate, I hate onions too. I hate Rick Perry and Windows. Shit, I have the balls to say I hate 80% of the people living below the Mason–Dixon Line. And that is being generous.

KoleraHeliko's avatar

I hardly think that you can suggest they’re synonymous. I reserve ‘love’ and ‘strong affection’ for quite different things. Similarly, I reserve ‘hate’ and ‘strong dislike’ for rather different things.

comity's avatar

In my life, there were some people I didn’t like because they were cruel, mean, insensitive, etc. I didn’t hate them, but I just didn’t bother with them nor give them another thought. I went about living and surrounding myself with kind caring people for a more harmonious existence.

ucme's avatar

With people, few that there are, i’d say “you’re a nob & your mere presence offends my nasal canal, run away quickly!”
Some things i’m more than happy to say I hate…...onions, the noise a fork makes when scratched on a plate & wasps being just some examples.

Paradox25's avatar

Comparing dislike to hate is similar to comparing like to love. One term has a stronger meaning than the other.

Blondesjon's avatar

@johnpowell . . . 57% of the population below the mason/dixon line is black (source). what are you trying to say?

See how careful you need to be before you pop off about your hatin’?

AshlynM's avatar

There are some things I truly hate, and other things I strongly dislike. I hate some foods, but I rarely hate people. I may strongly dislike them but I try and avoid all the negativity. There’s too much of that already.

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