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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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  • There was nothing Ansell loathed so much as the hearty Britisher; but he shook hands, and they stared at each other awkwardly.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • The more she gave up herself to the one, the more she loathed the other.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Quite suddenly she loathed the gray carpet on the floor, the pink chairs, the shaded lamps.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • An' I might have loathed un then—had I not pitied un so greatly.

    Harbor Tales Down North Norman Duncan
  • He could not withdraw honourably—no rule had been infringed—yet he loathed the stake for which they struggled.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
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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