loathing

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web But compared to my knee-jerk process of judgment and self-loathing, RAIN is a big step up. Anna Borges, SELF, "This RAIN Meditation Actually Helps Me Practice Self-Compassion," 10 July 2020 The performances are uniformly winning; Lindo in particular makes Paul a character seething with self-loathing and guilt, desperate to find purpose outside Norman’s circle of leadership. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ is righteous and timely," 12 June 2020 Andres also shares Leo’s loathing for the Hard Rock Café. Andrew Altschul, The New York Review of Books, "Fiction and Responsibility," 6 July 2020 Watching his rallies in Tulsa and AZ was glimpsing a nation off its moorings, wandering and in search of itself, defeated by selfishness, insecurity, fear and loathing. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Wear a mask. Liberty without responsibility is chaos.," 1 July 2020 This was how most of us met Mark T. and Patricia N. McCloskey—armed multimillionaire attorneys, longtime GOP and Trump donors, and new poster children for the American white citizenry’s fear and loathing of the nonwhite population. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Standing Their Ground in Well-Manicured Yards," 29 June 2020 The performances are uniformly winning; Lindo in particular makes Paul a character seething with self-loathing and guilt, desperate to find purpose outside Norman’s circle of leadership. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ is righteous and timely," 12 June 2020 The word insurance evokes in me feelings of tedium and loathing. Evan Ratliff, Wired, "We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?," 16 June 2020 The performances are uniformly winning; Lindo in particular makes Paul a character seething with self-loathing and guilt, desperate to find purpose outside Norman’s circle of leadership. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ is righteous and timely," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of loathing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jul 2020

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“Loathing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loathing. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for loathing

loathing

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How to pronounce loathing (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of loathing

: a very strong feeling of hatred or disgust

loathing

noun

Kids Definition of loathing

: very great dislike

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