loath·​some | \ˈlōth-səm, ˈlōt͟h- \

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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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 Stewart once called Hannity the ‘‘most loathsome dude’’ at Fox News. Samantha Schmidt, BostonGlobe.com, "Late-night hosts revel in Sean Hannity-Michael Cohen news," 17 Apr. 2018 Much of the movie unfolds inside the suburban Connecticut mansion where Lily lives with her gormless mother (Francie Swift) and her loathsome stepdad. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Cory Finley's 'Thoroughbreds' is a delectably twisted mean-girls noir," 8 Mar. 2018 The actors are game to get vile, especially the terrifically loathsome D'Elia. Amy Nicholson, chicagotribune.com, "'Half Magic' review: Heather Graham casts a spell in her writing-directing debut," 22 Feb. 2018 Teixeira's Octavio is an especially memorable incarnation of banal evil, a loathsome creep whose sociopathic tendencies are exaggerated to a highly amusing degree. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Cannibal Club' ('O clube dos canibais'): Film Review | Rotterdam 2018," 5 Feb. 2018 Manafort and Gates may be shady businessmen and guilty of a slew of loathsome white-collar criminal activities. Fortune, "Retired FBI Agent: The Real Reason Trump’s Lawyers Don’t Want a Mueller Interview," 10 Jan. 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, 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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