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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 loathed
  • National testing, so feared and loathed when it was mandated a decade ago, is doing its nasty work: exposing weaknesses.
  • His parents appear to have loathed one another, and his elder brother committed suicide.
  • He said he loathed the government for permitting more than one million of its subjects to starve.
  • Everyone said that, even those who loathed his ideas.
  • Against his will he took piano lessons for a while but loathed practicing.
  • Regional leaders loathed him and readily dumped him.
  • Both are loathed by people who want to preserve the trees.
  • The former prime minister is loved and loathed by roughly equal proportions of the electorate.
  • My father, meanwhile, loathed them-which meant fights always broke out over the buying and decorating of the family tree.
  • Politicians also are loathed to be labeled anti-education.
British Dictionary definitions for loathed


(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 loathed



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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