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 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 Both the loathsome Browns and the Steelers were fined $250,000 by the league. BostonGlobe.com, "NFL should send a message by extending Myles Garrett’s ban into 2020," 15 Nov. 2019 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

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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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27 Apr 2020

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