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
Recent Examples on the Web The film version represents a version of a Weinstein-like character, but not just him — this loathsome creature stands in for all of the powerful men whose behavior was finally exposed in the #MeToo movement. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "We never hear the name 'Harvey Weinstein' in 'The Assistant.' But we don't have to," 6 Feb. 2020 But none of these nuisances is the reason that Joe Goldberg, the loathsome protagonist of Netflix’s hit dark comedy You, finds himself on the West Coast at the outset of the show’s second season. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How to Make a Self-Aware Show About a Serial Killer," 30 Dec. 2019 The Safdies mine for what lies beneath Howard's loathsome behavior. Sonia Rao, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Uncut Gems’ could win Adam Sandler an Oscar. It took the Safdie brothers years to get him on board.," 24 Dec. 2019 Although the conditions that could render a person inadmissible today are no longer described as loathsome, the same principles apply to current immigration exams. Sophie Chou, ProPublica, "Despite Audit, Doctors With Checkered Records Can Still Decide Fate of Green Card Seekers," 12 Dec. 2019 Alas for him, the Canadian songbird Justin Bieber long ago became a poster child for a loathsome white pop star: boy band-shallow and preternaturally inclined toward brand extension and cultural appropriation. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Review: A white rapper seeking urban street cred? Fearless, funny ‘P.Y.G.' dives right in," 11 Nov. 2019 Since Trump was elected in 2016, both Waters and Green have been consistent in categorically denouncing Trump’s loathsome conduct and calling for his removal from office while Democratic Party leaders vacillated on the topic. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Trump Impeachment Inquiry Is Happening Thanks to Lawmakers of Color," 18 Oct. 2019 Trump’s strategy depends on maximizing the energy of his base against a loathsome enemy, a task made more difficult when the opponent is not so completely reviled as was Hillary Clinton. Gary Abernathy, Twin Cities, "Gary Abernathy: No one makes Trump as unsteady as Kamala Harris does," 7 July 2019 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

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Loathsome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loathsome. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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