loath·​ing | \ˈlō-t͟hiŋ \

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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The indignities to which she is treated (and a couple of them are sketched with acerbic humor by Buñuel) seem, like the fantasies, to ease her guilt toward her husband and to remove, as if by confirming it, her feelings of remorse and self-loathing. Charles Champlin, latimes.com, "'Belle de Jour' is a sexy but sad drama," 13 Apr. 2018 That caught me off guard and spoke to self-loathing. Kathleen Luppi, latimes.com, "Pre-Civil War South drama premieres at South Coast Repertory," 5 Apr. 2018 Sharon had come to accept that there was no way to preclude the creation of an independent Palestinian state, but this didn’t decrease his loathing for its leader. Ronen Bergman, New York Times, "How Arafat Eluded Israel’s Assassination Machine," 23 Jan. 2018 Ramos' loathing of the press also extended beyond the Capital. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Capital Gazette shooting suspect seen as angry loner, obsessed with those who 'wronged' him," 3 July 2018 Those fears, those loathings of the stranger, never went away, of course. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s hard-line view of immigration draws parallels to the 1930s," 25 June 2018 Stripped of her ability to read, write, or lead, she's become a cloud of loathing, letting her disappointment mist all over the house. refinery29.com, "Meet Commander Lawrence, The Most Destabilizing Presence On The Handmaid's Tale," 10 July 2018 The era of global free loathing, the president said is over. Fox News, "What Trump is looking for in his next Supreme Court justice," 28 June 2018 Just like loathing of Barack Obama kept Republicans united in 2014, disgust with the president will keep Democrats together going into the fall elections. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Crowley going down spotlights the looming Democratic identity crisis," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of loathing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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