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 It’s told, day by day, through the loathsome Archie, and in these chapters, Benedict alludes to secrets Archie is hiding from the police, including his engagement to another woman. Washington Post, "Where did Agatha Christie go when she disappeared in 1926? Here’s one theory.," 29 Dec. 2020 Having effectively dodged a proposal from the loathsome Nigel Berbrooke, Daphne dances with Simon (Regé-Jean Page) and realizes their pretend romance may be the real thing. Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "What are Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift songs doing in ‘Bridgerton’?," 26 Dec. 2020 So the thought of adding yet another stroller to our rotation—especially one that seemed useful only for running—was loathsome. Leta Shy, SELF, "This Editor-Approved Jogging Stroller Is More Than $100 Off Today," 30 Nov. 2020 Not only were the long-suffering Boton Red Sox five outs from reaching their first World Series since 1986, the pennant would come at the expense of the loathsome New York Yankees. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Stop the count! 10 times sports history would have changed by calling game early," 6 Nov. 2020 Please, God, let the first change of positive growth at OSU after its player revolt be Gundy cutting his loathsome mullet of a haircut. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "It’s time for Mike Gundy to get a haircut," 17 June 2020 The generally likable, occasionally loathsome lineup of humans working onboard the Parsifal III have a delightfully awful time catering to their one-point-five-percenter clientele. Ew Staff, EW.com, "EW's favorite feel-good TV shows, episodes, and characters to quaran-stream," 18 Apr. 2020 Might this twist prompt consumers of paparazzi’s typically loathsome end product to reflect on their taste for titillating tripe? Los Angeles Times, "Feedback: Coronavirus survival tips from cats plus LACMA demolition and the paparazzi effect," 10 Apr. 2020 Because in America — and only in America — it was understood that even if the most loathsome speech was not protected, all speech was at risk. Dennis Prager, National Review, "An Open Letter to Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin," 15 Oct. 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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14 Jan 2021

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“Loathsome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loathsome. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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