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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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 But despite some Iranian Americans’ loathing of Iran’s conservative and hard-line factions, many still long to return to the homeland. Melissa Etehad, latimes.com, "For L.A.'s Iranian American community, the World Cup means much more than soccer games," 15 June 2018 The mutual loathing contains both a personality component and a structural component. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Fulfilling Russia’s Dream of Splitting the Western Alliance," 8 June 2018 Shinnecock has been a polarizing course since its last U.S. Open, and Saturday didn’t help its reputation among golfers whose reactions to it range from fear to loathing. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "USGA's Unplayable Course at Shinnecock 'Totally Gone' in Third Round of U.S. Open," 16 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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