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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As a student, Taimina loathed the topic and hoped never to encounter it again. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Two new books will transform your everyday understanding of math," 17 June 2019 And a rented unit likely won’t command the same premium as a brand-new apartment, which is why most developers are loathe to discuss such arrangements. New York Times, "One in Four of New York’s New Luxury Apartments Is Unsold," 13 Sep. 2019 Municipalities whose residents loathe the sight of RVs parked on neighborhood streets or driveways have laws limiting or prohibiting them. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Minnesotans still seek affordable housing but are unsure tiny house trend is the answer," 2 Sep. 2019 Even Warrant frontman Jani Lane - who penned the song in minutes, scribbling lyrics onto a pizza box after the band’s record company told him their album needed one more tune - loathed the track. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "The saga of a Southern, ‘Cherry Pie’ video-vixen," 28 Aug. 2019 And with several franchises loathe to put the best possible team on the field, position players are pitching at a rate incomprehensible less than a decade ago. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Garbage time, all the time: MLB sees historic spike in position players pitching," 19 Aug. 2019 How does a child learn self-loathing for racial purposes? Karen R. Long, cleveland.com, "Lorain’s Toni Morrison captured African-American lives in luminous fiction that won over the world: Karen R. Long," 11 Aug. 2019 Everyone loathes the corruption and the constant catering to the rich and powerful. Cenk Uygur, Twin Cities, "Cenk Uygur: Brace for impact, Washington. Progressives are going to win.," 31 Aug. 2019 Sterling was almost universally loathed in the Association. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "The day the Warriors almost boycotted a playoff game and wound up building a better NBA," 21 Aug. 2019

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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