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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Perhaps that has something to do with my lifetime loathing for boarding schools. John Wilson, National Review, "H. S. Cross’s Absorbing World," 11 July 2019 His true self-periodically shows through, with flashes of sadness, confusion, and murderous self-loathing. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Preacher is unwatched, unloved, and doomed — but Tulip O’Hare goes on," 14 Aug. 2019 The loathing for Atlanta United was even on international display during the MLS All-Star Game last week at Exploria Stadium, when boos rained down from the stands every time an Atlanta player touched the ball. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "Atlanta United crushes Orlando City’s dreams — again," 8 Aug. 2019 In the context of Asia’s growing affluence, aging—a process many consumers around the world approach with fear and loathing, and attempt to fend off with expensive creams, supplements, and all manner of antidotal services—has taken on a new appeal. Catherine Feliciano-chon, Quartz, "Asia’s affluent boomers are making aging aspirational," 29 July 2019 To say people dislike cilantro seems like one of those charming English understatements, because often the sentiment that arises is more like loathing. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to manage — or even conquer! — your cilantro hatred," 8 July 2019 Wharton was consumed with grief and shame and self-loathing. Matthew Van Meter, The New Republic, "The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict," 17 June 2019 Any fear and loathing and prejudice about the LGBTQ community was overwhelmed by reality. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: Waukegan makes 'such a powerful statement' by hosting first celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month," 14 June 2019 Only male attention can diffuse Olga’s competitive self-loathing, but Irina gets the lion’s share of that. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "A Millennial Reboot of Chekhov, and “Moulin Rouge!” on Broadway," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of loathing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of loathing was in the 14th century

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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