loathsome

adjective
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 Yet for all his loathsome qualities, the novelist has remained a source of interest and inspiration for writers. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Like many Irish Americans of his party and his generation (such as the late and loathsome Edward Kennedy), Joe Biden is incapable of mustering up a sophisticated or nuanced thought about the Emerald Isle. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 18 June 2021 Obviously missing were breakout Thuso Mbedu, who gave a stellar lead performance as Cora, and Joel Edgerton, who starred opposite as the loathsome and formidable Ridgeway. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 July 2021 Outlook dings notifying you a professor has just eviscerated your paper, and all other matters of loathsome reality. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 26 June 2021 On the eve of summer solstice and emerging from the loathsome lockdowns of COVID-19, the fourth annual Indy Juneteenth celebration organized by James and Twjonia will take place this Saturday. Brandon Drenon, The Indianapolis Star, 18 June 2021 This leads to various heists and eventually a guerrilla war campaign of fashionista pop-ups, fabulous ambushes of the loathsome Baroness (Emma Thompson) at high society events, in front of flashing cameras. Erik Kain, Forbes, 26 May 2021 On the highway, acceleration is confident, with plenty of oomph to navigate Austin’s increasingly loathsome traffic congestion. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 26 Apr. 2021 McCarthy is actually one of the two subdued, subtle performances in the film — Spencer gives the other — but everyone else is too loathsome to spend any time with. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 9 Apr. 2021

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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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30 Aug 2021

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“Loathsome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loathsome. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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loathsome

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English Language Learners Definition of loathsome

: causing feelings of hatred or disgust : very bad

loathsome

adjective
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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