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loathing

[loh-th ing] /ˈloʊ ðɪŋ/
noun
1.
strong dislike or disgust; intense aversion.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English lathynge. See loathe, -ing1
Related forms
loathingly, adverb
self-loathing, adjective, noun
Synonyms
abhorrence; hatred. See aversion.

loathe

[lohth] /loʊð/
verb (used with object), loathed, loathing.
1.
to feel disgust or intense aversion for; abhor:
I loathe people who spread malicious gossip.
Origin
before 900; Middle English loth(i)en, lath(i)en, Old English lāthian, derivative of lāth loath
Related forms
loather, noun
unloathed, adjective
Can be confused
loath, loathe, loathsome.
Synonyms
detest, abominate, hate.
Antonyms
like.
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Examples from the web for loathing
  • It's much more fun for the students to lob their loathing at each other, and it works every time.
  • No one predicted that her reign would be remembered by many with loathing.
  • Yet my home heating bill remains an object of fear and loathing.
  • They blab about loving or loathing a film, point out trivia or errata, and poke fun at bad acting or direction.
  • Fear and loathing are so much easier to use than rational thought.
  • Mainly all that self loathing is receding, thanks to you.
  • Perhaps he did, in the sense that in every satirist there is a bit of loathing.
  • Whatever its cause, the fear and suspicion are fierce, and have fed a widening loathing of foreigners.
  • If one reads carefully, one can discern the derail and loathing of dissent throughout these posts.
  • The feeling of loathing especially surged up within him and grew stronger every minute.
British Dictionary definitions for loathing

loathing

/ˈləʊðɪŋ/
noun
1.
abhorrence; disgust
Derived Forms
loathingly, adverb

loathe

/ləʊð/
verb
1.
(transitive) to feel strong hatred or disgust for
Derived Forms
loather, noun
Word Origin
Old English lāthiān, from loath
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Word Origin and History for loathing
n.

"abhorrence," mid-14c., verbal noun from loathe.

loathe

v.

Old English laðian "to hate, to be disgusted with," from lað "hostile" (see loath). Cognate with Old Saxon lethon, Old Norse leiða. Related: Loathed; loathing.

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