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 The song also deals with body image, drinking before bedtime and other issues of self-loathing. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 The couple, continually plagued by their fear and loathing of secrets, end their relationship not with an implosion, but rather a mature cuddling session in bed. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 10 June 2021 Our pediatrician once told me that one of our sons, who was a fussy eater, would need to try a new food at least six times before the taste would no longer fill him with fear and loathing. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 27 May 2021 The plague jokes are probably just a symptom of our misery, our self-loathing, our resentment about living in the midst of actual plagues: Sickness, storms, unrest. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt starred as fanged cuties Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac, respectively, in a compelling tale about fear and loathing as an eternal being. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 24 June 2021 But inside, Sheila constantly battles a monster of self-loathing. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 20 June 2021 Screen nausea and social media compulsions are no joke, but the current self-loathing about the long year of screen time is misplaced. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 17 June 2021 Self-criticism and loathing build barriers to job motivation and career advancement, while self-compassion is an essential tool to excel in your career. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 3 June 2021

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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 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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