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 Judging by the numbers, white wine lovers in the U.S. are loathe to give up their glass of Chardonnay. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 5 July 2021 But like it or loathe it, that pain in our pockets has translated into big profits for the healthcare sector, which has not only performed exceedingly well over the long term, but has kept volatility down for shareholders, too. Brett Owens, Forbes, 19 June 2021 Those attacks are one reason his fans love him and the journalists who don’t regularly talk to him loathe him. New York Times, 20 June 2021 Hoo boy, advertisers are probably going to loathe these and other related updates. Andy Meek, BGR, 7 June 2021 In places where mask-wearing has separated friends and neighbors -- which is most places -- many are loathe to present as anti-vaxxers or, well, Republicans, and risk public rebuke from like-minded maskers. Peggy Drexler, CNN, 4 May 2021 That unnerves Suga and his political and business allies, who have been loathe to confront Beijing so publicly. Fortune, 15 Apr. 2021 Love it or loathe it, telemarketing is here to stay. Dimitri Akhrin, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 And in Minnesota, many suburban and rural Republican legislators are loathe to support passenger rail projects, especially the Northern Lights Express, which could cost $500 million to $600 million in public money to build. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, 10 Apr. 2021

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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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“Loathe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loathe. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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