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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Most of us are loathe to remove any of the color from our landscapes by cutting flowers. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Resolutions for gardeners: Dan Gill's 14 suggestions on making 2021 a verdant year," 30 Dec. 2020 Seattle safety Jamal Adams said the level of accountability within the unit has increased to the point where players are loathe to be the guy that make a mistake and let the team down. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks’ defense proving its upward trend is legitimate after dominating the New York Jets," 14 Dec. 2020 Most insects, love them or loathe them, make annual appearances in our homes and gardens. Fox Van Allen, CBS News, "What is Brood X, the U.S. cicada infestation coming in 2021?," 11 Dec. 2020 The racing industry is a culture sometimes loathe to accept new safety standards. Rachel Lance, Wired, "A Race Car Crash From Hell—and the Science That Saved Its Driver," 6 Dec. 2020 Love or loathe him, Urban Meyer is one of the greatest coaches in college football history, not to mention one of only a couple who can go toe-to-toe with Nick Saban. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Despite Tom Herman’s self-confidence, Urban Meyer’s allure may prove too powerful for Texas to ignore," 17 Nov. 2020 Like them or loathe them, the Astros are on the cusp of a third World Series in four seasons and joining the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the only teams to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series. Bernie Wilson, orlandosentinel.com, "Springer, Valdéz help Astros top Rays 7-4, force ALCS Game 7," 16 Oct. 2020 Trump’s critics in the Democratic Media Complex along the Washington Beltway loathe his voters for rejecting their liberal wisdom. John Kass, Star Tribune, "How Trump became the education president," 26 Aug. 2020 Love it or loathe it, the SEC dominates the college football conversation. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SEC’s return gives college football its ‘grand opening’," 26 Sep. 2020

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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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Loathe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loathe. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for loathe

loathe

verb
How to pronounce loathe (audio)

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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