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.

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 hypocrisies were overwhelming; the business, loathsome. Brenda Wineapple, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2022 There's no lack of frisson between Foy and Bettany, who bring equally compelling heat to Margaret and Ian's alternating periods of lustful connection and loathsome mutual abuse. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 22 Apr. 2022 Lovable has been replaced by loathsome, say critics who include a former Browns executive, now-former team fans and pundits in Northeast Ohio. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2022 Some of the most loathsome of its dictates aren’t even legal. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 17 Mar. 2022 That includes Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, which are generally loathsome, infamously misbegotten, and (of course) passionately defended. Darren Franich, EW.com, 4 Mar. 2022 The opening episodes, in which Rand is so mistreated and Tommy so loathsome, evolves into something much deeper and richer than an exploitation flick about good-looking stupid people. John Anderson, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 The second season of Euphoria, HBO’s popular high-school drama, has spent some time delving into the mind of one of the show’s adult — and most loathsome — characters: Eric Dane’s Cal Jacobs. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Jan. 2022 These powerful soldiers eventually rose against their loathsome masters and escaped their hellish prison. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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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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