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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 was not quite sure yet whether I loathed the man or liked him.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • He loathed the blind villain as he never thought to have loathed anybody.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • However, he was sure that he liked Miss Phipps and that he loathed Mrs. Buckley.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Jed was too much perturbed even to resent the loathed name "Jedidah."

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It was talk of a kind she loathed, but if Marian chose to be vulgar what was one to do?

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.

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