acts (typically violent) motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice (=an unfair and unreasonable opinion or feeling) Police have said they are treating the attack on an Indian student as a hate crime.
a single act of this type He was the victim of a hate crime.
- bias crime
- The Committee is conducting an enquiry into hate crime in Northern Ireland.
- Hate crime is widespread in this area.
- This was a hate crime against a particular group of people.
- The newspaper article was likely to provoke (=cause) violence and hate crimes in the region.