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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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  • And because, when you know what I am, you will hate and loathe me.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • It rather sickens me, and makes me loathe the sight of a seal.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • "I loathe you," he cried, with his lips pressed against her cheek.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • Oh, in six months I've got simply to loathe the smell of a café.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • They––the world––shall know you; shall loathe you as I loathe you.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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