loathe

verb
\ ˈlōt͟h How to pronounce loathe (audio) \
loathed; loathing

Definition of loathe

transitive verb

: to dislike greatly and often with disgust or intolerance : detest

Other Words from loathe

loather noun

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hate, detest, abhor, abominate, loathe mean to feel strong aversion or intense dislike for. hate implies an emotional aversion often coupled with enmity or malice. hated the enemy with a passion detest suggests violent antipathy. detests cowards abhor implies a deep often shuddering repugnance. a crime abhorred by all abominate suggests strong detestation and often moral condemnation. abominates all forms of violence loathe implies utter disgust and intolerance. loathed the mere sight of them

Loath vs. Loathe

Many usage commentators point out that the spelling of loath the adjective is distinct from loathe, the verb that means "to dislike greatly." Merriam-Webster dictionaries record loathe (along with loth) as a variant spelling for the adjective, at the same time indicating that the spelling with an e is not as common as the form without it. Both words hark back to Old English, and the e ending in each has come and gone over the centuries - but if you want to avoid the ire of those who like to keep the language tidy, stick with loath for the adjective and loathe for the verb.

Examples of loathe in a Sentence

In fact, he was an energetic walker his whole life, but he loathed fresh-air fiends and he was rather stuck on the idea of being dissolute. — Paul Theroux, New York Times Book Review, 21 Apr. 1991 How I loathed the look of that type on my pages! Everything I wrote seemed, in that type, arrhythmic, dull, stupid. — Joseph Epstein, The Middle of My Tether, 1983 I loathed the job so much that I did it quickly, urgently, almost violently. — W. P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe, 1982 Pushing the table from him while he spoke, as though he loathed the sight of food, he encountered the watch: the hands of which were almost upon noon. — Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, 1839 They were rivals who truly loathed each other. I loathe having to do this. It was a habit his wife loathed. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Before the pandemic, the 43-year-old enterprise desktop support manager used to loathe the steady chitchat at his Phoenix office. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 But the unions had come to loathe her for that work in particular. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 There was plenty to loathe about certain members of the band of criminals who surrounded our hoodlum-in-chief. John R. Macarthur, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Even people who loathe asking for a raise can ill afford not to amid the highest inflation many have seen in their working lives. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2022 That news, first reported by the New York Post and confirmed to CNN by a Zeldin spokesman, sparked elation in pro-Trump circles and angst among those who loathe Kushner and the broader Trump family. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 15 Feb. 2022 Geralt kills monsters but is frequently deemed a monster by the people who loathe him but require his services. Scott Meslow, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 It is written for the consumption of people who loathe conservatives and conservatism but understand neither. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 20 May 2021 Still, the West is loathe to do anything to advance Putin’s war effort. Charles Riley, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of loathe

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loathe

Middle English lothen, from Old English lāthian to dislike, be hateful, from lāth

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28 Apr 2022

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“Loathe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loathe. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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loathe

verb
\ ˈlōt͟h How to pronounce loathe (audio) \
loathed; loathing

Kids Definition of loathe

: to dislike greatly

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