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

Definition of loathing

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

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 Thematically, Mercury — Act 2 deals with the existential fallout of the loss that was described on Mercury — Act 1, with tracks riddled with self-loathing and regret, as well as the occasional upbeat offering. Maura Johnston, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2022 Boyfriend Material and Glitterland grapple with heavy issues, including substance abuse, depression, self-loathing, and familial estrangement. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 16 June 2022 By then, the act is jarring, inserted near the climax as if for shock value rather than as a demonstration of a history of intense self-loathing and confusion. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 19 May 2022 For one: how Phil’s malevolence comes from a place of self-loathing and self-protection as a closeted gay man living in Montana in 1925. Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 John Gustav-Wrathall, former president of Affirmation, a support group for Latter-day Saint LGBTQ members and former members, told his own story of self-loathing and the church on Facebook. The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Jan. 2022 She’s living in this place of self-loathing and shame and all these horrible things. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 3 Jan. 2022 At first glance, Passing might seem like just another story about a light-skinned person blending into white society, filled with the angst of self-loathing and regret. Nylah Burton, refinery29.com, 11 Nov. 2021 Self-loathing, and anger, and all of those highs and lows — of rage and putting my fist through a wall. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of loathing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Loathing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loathing. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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: very great dislike

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