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[lohth -suh m, lohth-] /ˈloʊð səm, ˈloʊθ-/
causing feelings of loathing; disgusting; revolting; repulsive:
a loathsome skin disease.
Origin of loathsome
First recorded in 1250-1300, loathsome is from the Middle English word lothsom. See loath, -some1
Related forms
loathsomely, adverb
loathsomeness, noun
unloathsome, adjective
Can be confused
loath, loathe, loathsome.
offensive, repellent, detestable, abhorrent, abominable.
attractive. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for loathsome
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  • He shook and trembled with fear as he peeped at the loathsome creature.

  • The women are of all types, from the most loathsome to the most lovable.

  • He knows that the scent of blood is in the air, and that the bloodhounds are at their loathsome work.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • She will let me take her away from the companionship that must be loathsome to her, in spite of her devotion.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • The boy's right arm was a loathsome sight, festering from a neglected wound.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
British Dictionary definitions for loathsome


causing loathing; abhorrent
Derived Forms
loathsomely, adverb
loathsomeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for loathsome

c.1300, "foul, detestable," from loath in its older, stronger sense + -some (1). Related: Loathsomely; loathsomeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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