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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Why, even Apple isn’t immune to the notch self-loathing — as Cult of Mac notes, this year’s iPhone XS press images are cleverly shot to completely obscure the notch behind a solid black space wallpaper. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Amazon’s Echo event seems to have lost an iPhone X notch," 20 Sep. 2018 The narrative structure paints this not as unreasonable self-loathing, but as loosely equivalent to Ollie and Arthur’s decisions. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "We Happy Few is a creepy, fascinating game that gets lost in its own ambition," 10 Aug. 2018 Perhaps this has to do with Piper’s decision not to exhibit her work in all-black shows, which has been perceived by some as self-loathing. Thomas Chatterton Williams, New York Times, "Adrian Piper’s Show at MoMA is the Largest Ever for a Living Artist. Why Hasn’t She Seen It?," 27 June 2018 Also, his caustic loathing of his father, David (Hugo Weaving, sulfurous and brilliant), whose ashes Patrick will collect in New York. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Patrick Melrose’ Review: The Right Way to Do Wrong," 10 May 2018 In a manic blur, the director locks the concert hall doors and assembles an encore performance, which after a negotiation of 20,000 rubles the pianist agrees to, despite her loathing of the Soviet Union’s leader. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Death of Stalin' review: 'Veep' creator's black comedy sings the Red blues," 15 Mar. 2018 Cleveland, meanwhile, is young and stacked and shedding generations of football self-loathing. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Fearless NFL Playoff Preview: Who the Heck Knows?," 2 Jan. 2019 Given their love of Obama and their loathing of Trump, how can this possibly be? Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Anthony Kennedy and the Death of True American Conservatism," 29 June 2018 His loathing of the press may not have been just fixed on the Capital. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "'Most dangerous person I've ever dealt with': Lawyer feared newspaper murder suspect," 29 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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