loathe

verb
\ ˈlōt͟h How to pronounce loathe (audio) \
loathed; loathing

Definition of loathe

transitive verb

: to dislike greatly and often with disgust or intolerance : detest

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Other Words from loathe

loather noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for loathe

Synonyms

abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, hate

Antonyms

love

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hate, detest, abhor, abominate, loathe mean to feel strong aversion or intense dislike for. hate implies an emotional aversion often coupled with enmity or malice. hated the enemy with a passion detest suggests violent antipathy. detests cowards abhor implies a deep often shuddering repugnance. a crime abhorred by all abominate suggests strong detestation and often moral condemnation. abominates all forms of violence loathe implies utter disgust and intolerance. loathed the mere sight of them

Loath vs. Loathe

Many usage commentators point out that the spelling of loath the adjective is distinct from loathe, the verb that means "to dislike greatly." Merriam-Webster dictionaries record loathe (along with loth) as a variant spelling for the adjective, at the same time indicating that the spelling with an e is not as common as the form without it. Both words hark back to Old English, and the e ending in each has come and gone over the centuries - but if you want to avoid the ire of those who like to keep the language tidy, stick with loath for the adjective and loathe for the verb.

Examples of loathe in a Sentence

In fact, he was an energetic walker his whole life, but he loathed fresh-air fiends and he was rather stuck on the idea of being dissolute. — Paul Theroux, New York Times Book Review, 21 Apr. 1991 How I loathed the look of that type on my pages! Everything I wrote seemed, in that type, arrhythmic, dull, stupid. — Joseph Epstein, The Middle of My Tether, 1983 I loathed the job so much that I did it quickly, urgently, almost violently. — W. P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe, 1982 Pushing the table from him while he spoke, as though he loathed the sight of food, he encountered the watch: the hands of which were almost upon noon. — Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, 1839 They were rivals who truly loathed each other. I loathe having to do this. It was a habit his wife loathed.
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On his journeys Olmsted met many slaveholders and came to loathe their system and their craven ideology; Tony finds their remnants festering. David W. Blight, Washington Post, "In his last book, Tony Horwitz sets out once more to find America," 4 June 2019 Herro hasn’t necessarily taken the mantle from noted Duke instigator Grayson Allen as the player fans most love to loathe. Eric Olson, The Seattle Times, "Tyler Herro: Kentucky fans love him, opponents not so much," 30 Mar. 2019 Instead of a willingness to disagree and tolerate, there is an impulse to loathe and expel. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Kanye West and the Question of Freedom," 11 May 2018 The reason is that shaming can lead to more defensiveness or self-loathing on the part of the shamed. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "‘Up there to humiliate:’ Seattle school’s detention list sparks debate about shaming," 30 Mar. 2019 Like many of his attacks on Obama – for instance, the favorite Trump campaign riff about Obama allegedly playing too much golf – there is an irrational element of self-loathing at work. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Jealous Obama Obsession Includes Claiming Obama Never Used the Oval Office," 20 Feb. 2018 And lots of people loathe it, pointing to the ballooning costs and arguing America's newest fighter is more flash than function. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "An F-35 Pilot Explains What It's Like To Fly the Joint Strike Fighter," 5 Mar. 2019 Both countries loathe the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, but Russia was among the parties to the deal and has publicly criticized the Trump administration for unilaterally withdrawing from it. Angela Stent, WSJ, "Vladimir Putin’s Big Push Into the Middle East," 15 Feb. 2019 The bottom line: Hardline Brexiteers in May’s party loathe this proposal. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The latest Brexit drama, explained," 15 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'loathe.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of loathe

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loathe

Middle English lothen, from Old English lāthian to dislike, be hateful, from lāth

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The first known use of loathe was in the 12th century

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More Definitions for loathe

loathe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of loathe

: to hate (someone or something) very much

loathe

verb
\ ˈlōt͟h How to pronounce loathe (audio) \
loathed; loathing

Kids Definition of loathe

: to dislike greatly

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