loath·​ing | \ ˈlō-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce loathing (audio) \

Definition of loathing

: extreme disgust : detestation She regarded his hypocrisy with loathing.

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Examples of loathing in a Sentence

She expressed her intense loathing of his hypocrisy. She regarded his hypocrisy with loathing.

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To say people dislike cilantro seems like one of those charming English understatements, because often the sentiment that arises is more like loathing. Becky Krystal, Twin Cities, "How to manage — or even conquer — hatred of cilantro," 9 July 2019 Fear and loathing through the decades: Newsday’s Tim Healy’s dustup with Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas reminded me of a few of my own in the years before the Internet. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s time for the Red Sox to trade for a closer, and other thoughts," 6 July 2019 They get lost in their fears and in old patterns of self-loathing. Jerry Colonna, Quartz at Work, "The most important leadership skill is radical self-inquiry," 14 June 2019 The high court has been through other periods of fear and loathing, particularly after its December 2000 ruling that handed the presidency to George W. Bush. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Conservative gains at Supreme Court leading to anger, frustration and 'peeks behind the curtain'," 9 June 2019 His trip Thursday was the first visit of a Chinese leader to North Korean since 2005, a time period marred by mutual mistrust and, at times, outright loathing between the two countries. Ben Westcott, CNN, "North Korea holds mass celebration in Xi's honor amid talks on US tensions," 20 June 2019 Clinton has made sporting use of public loathing here, playing not only on readers’ voyeurism but on the chance to reinvent himself as a misunderstood hero. Janet Maslin, New York Times, "Bill Clinton and James Patterson Team Up to Imagine a True Fantasy: Sane Politics," 3 June 2018 Time and again, its people have responded with distrust, if not loathing. Washington Post, "What China struggles more than ever to get from Hong Kong: Loyalty and love," 17 June 2019 Democrats are like those Trump-loathing columnists who can’t write about anyone but the president. Fred Barnes, WSJ, "The Downside of Anti-Trump Rage," 22 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of loathing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of loathing was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of loathing

: a very strong feeling of hatred or disgust



Kids Definition of loathing

: very great dislike

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