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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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  • I glanced at the other: it was lovely as hand could be, and I felt that, if I did less than loathe her, I should love her.

    Lilith George MacDonald
  • They go to see her—but they loathe her—and they let her know it.'

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I loathe stickiness, especially when I happen to sit on it, which is one of the reasons which makes me glad I wasn't born a bee.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • And as I loathe and hate it, so do I cast off and repudiate the name of Englishman.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • If it wasn't for that I should loathe my celebrity more than Jinny ever loathed hers.

    The Creators May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for loathe


(transitive) to feel strong hatred or disgust for
Derived Forms
loather, noun
Word Origin
Old English lāthiān, from loath
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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