loath·​some | \ ˈlōth-səm How to pronounce loathsome (audio) , ˈlōt͟h- How to pronounce loathsome (audio) \

Definition of loathsome

: giving rise to loathing : disgusting a loathsome disease Smoking is a loathsome habit.

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Other Words from loathsome

loathsomely adverb
loathsomeness noun

Examples of loathsome in a Sentence

we traced the foul smell to a pile of loathsome garbage by the back wall

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Not all men are Jacksons or McKinleys or even the fellows responsible for keeping Jackson’s loathsome visage on our twenties. Alexandra Petri, Twin Cities, "Alexandra Petri: Can we risk nominating a man for president?," 13 June 2019 He and his mistress, Lisa Page called Donald Trump an effing idiot, loathsome, a bigot, an enormous D blank, blank, blank, awful, abysmal, a disaster. Fox News, "Rep. Darrell Issa talks explosive Peter Strzok hearing," 15 July 2018 There are at least two tech geniuses who don't mind the loathsome dish-washing chore: Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Is Hand-Washing Dishes A Secret To The Success Of Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates?," 29 Dec. 2018 Sand and Chopin had a loathsome time finding proper accommodations, especially after Chopin was erroneously diagnosed with Tuberculosis and subsequently kicked out of his lodgings to avoid infecting the innkeeper. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Why Winter Is the Most Inspiring Time to Visit Majorca," 25 Dec. 2018 Virtually every major publication in which At Home in the World was reviewed dismissed me as a cheap, loathsome exploiter out to make a buck with a kiss-and-tell story of a great man who only wanted to be left alone. Joyce Maynard, Vogue, "46 Years Ago, I Left Yale for J.D. Salinger—This Fall, I’m Returning," 13 Sep. 2018 Grant and Whishaw play their parts heartbreakingly well, especially Grant, who manages to make Thorpe both tragic and loathsome. Karen Han, Vox, "How A Very English Scandal spins sensationalism into empathy," 7 July 2018 The Steelers, for those not well-versed in AFC North blood feuds, are the Bengals’ most loathsome rival. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "With flurries of donations to opponents, NFL fans show one of best sides of sporting world," 18 Jan. 2018 Two weeks ago, a deadly van attack on Toronto pedestrians by another lonesome, loathsome man, Alek Minassian, brought new attention to a simmering substrate of males who call themselves involuntary celibates, or incels. David J. Krajicek, Sun-Sentinel.com, "'Incel' killers: Man who gunned down three women in 2009 set tone for 'involuntary celibate' mass murderers," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of loathsome

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loathsome

Middle English lothsum, from loth evil, from Old English lāth, from lāth, adjective

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English Language Learners Definition of loathsome

: causing feelings of hatred or disgust : very bad


loath·​some | \ ˈlōth-səm How to pronounce loathsome (audio) , ˈlōt͟h-\

Kids Definition of loathsome

: very unpleasant : offensive He could eat anything, no matter how loathsome— Jack London, The Call of the Wild

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