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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.
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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  • There are long periods when she cordially loathes her whole family.
  • True, this would be a bit hypocritical, given that every journalist worthy of the name loathes flackery.
  • But it takes a real hater at this time of year to find and list all the people and team he loathes.
  • His biggest failure, however, is his inability to articulate a plausible alternative to the system he loathes.
  • Anyone who is anywhere near retirement age loathes the idea.
  • Since he clearly loathes the public he would probably be better suited to a career as the keeper of an isolated lighthouse.
  • He loathes lobbies with loud discos and drunken guests.
  • Although she loathes marriage, she gamely raises children and endures domestic woes.
  • There is a full focus on the sort of tyrant that he particularly dotes upon and loathes.
  • But he loathes even mild profanity, and when he confesses his sins to a priest, he includes failing to pay for some newspapers.
British Dictionary definitions for loathes


(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 loathes



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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