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[lohth] /loʊð/
verb (used with object), loathed, loathing.
to feel disgust or intense aversion for; abhor:
I loathe people who spread malicious gossip.
Origin of loathe
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.
detest, abominate, hate.
like. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for loathe
  • It's also necessary for you to loathe yourself for facing the trouble you find yourself in.
  • But people loathe inflation even in moderate doses, where the evidence suggests it does little damage.
  • Publishers, naturally, loathe used books and have developed strategies to depress the secondhand market.
  • Having fun, mixing cultures, partying till dawn are all wonderful human activities that these dour murderers loathe.
  • It is fine if you want to say you loathe someone, but a bit of fairness might give ones case more gravitas.
  • They loathe big agribusiness and genetic engineering.
  • Editors usually loathe an out-of-the-blue phone call about a manuscript.
  • But it is easier to make the police a bit tougher than to persuade citizens not to loathe them.
  • The irony is that development restrictions, which many locals still loathe, help to pull in tourists.
  • They would be loathe to tell you they cheat, and are a lot craftier in the way they parse words.
British Dictionary definitions for loathe


(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 loathe

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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