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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It is born out of violent self-loathing, out of the desire to hurt and maim and punish a body that our culture has decided is unacceptable. Constance Grady, Vox, "Netflix’s Insatiable is somehow both obscenely cruel and terminally dull," 9 Aug. 2018 And there’s this other well of self-importance, self-aggrandizement—which also of course is insecurity and self-loathing. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Ethan Hawke On Blaze, Outlaw Music, and the Dangers of Living Creatively," 6 Sep. 2018 Many of the show’s main characters are fat and plus-size women, and their storylines are often profoundly intricate and different from one another, none centered on themes of weight loss or self-loathing. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "10 Body Positive Shows to Watch," 5 Sep. 2018 But then there’s the loathing that comes afterward. Good Housekeeping, "How the Purity Movement Made Women Giddy About Dating Jesus, and Ashamed to Masturbate," 27 Aug. 2018 Or how self-loathing might creep into a realization like that. Jennifer Vineyard, New York Times, "‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Yvonne Strahovski on the Harrowing Finale and Serena’s Murky Future," 11 July 2018 Watching him play the ensemble’s slouchy, somewhat self-loathing law school dropout turned bartender was like sliding under a gravity blanket warmed to the temperature of a freshly-baked croissant. Clay Skipper, GQ, "Jake Johnson Is Just Here For a Good Time," 14 June 2018 Starbucks, in a fit of guilt and self-loathing, ordered all its staff to undergo bias training and rescinded its purchase-necessary policy, which was often ignored. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Commish orders up a kinder, gentler, more polite police force | Stu Bykofsky," 13 June 2018 This is not the story of a tragic transgender person who's wracked with sorrow and self-loathing. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Opera’s ‘As One’ explores inner world of a transgender woman," 9 Feb. 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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