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
*Note: Many Anger actions can be escalated or combined to show hatred

Good news! This sample has been expanded and streamlined 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, available for purchase at AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes, and Smashwords. The PDF is also downloadable via the Paypal button in the sidebar. 


Razib Ahmed said...

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.

Angela said...

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. :-)

~grace~ said...

oh my goodness, these "emotion thesaurus" things are fantastic. I'm glad I found you guys. :)

Becca said...

We're glad to have you, Grace :).

Kelly - PTT said...

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!

Marian said...

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

auria cortes said...

I book marked this blog. Excellent work.

colbymarshall said...

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

WendyCinNYC said...

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

Tina said...

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.

Angela said...

Thanks so much for visiting, everyone!

Marilyn said...

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?

Becca said...

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.


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