Origin of loath
synonym study for loath
OTHER WORDS FROM loathloathness, nouno·ver·loath, adjectiveun·loath, adjectiveun·loath·ly, adverb
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LOATH VS. LOATHE
What’s the difference between loath and loathe?
Loath is an adjective that means unwilling, reluctant, or disinclined, as in They are loath to get involved in such a messy situation. Loathe is a verb that means to hate or feel extreme disgust toward, as in I loathe the way he treats his dog or My kids loathe broccoli.
Loathe always rhymes with the verb clothe. Loath can be pronounced this way, but it can also rhyme with both.
Loath is only ever used as an adjective, and loathe is only ever used as a verb. Both words are generally negative, but loathe is much more negative. Loathe is also the more common of the two words.
The word loathsome is an adjective form of the verb loathe that means causing feelings of loathing—disgusting or revolting. You would describe someone you loathe as loathsome.
Loath is usually followed by the word to and a verb, as in I’m loath to drive that far.
To remember that the verb loathe ends with an e, remember that it means the same thing as hate, which also ends with an e.
Here’s an example of loath and loathe used correctly in a sentence.
Example: I’m loath to think about how much he must loathe me.
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Quiz yourself on loath vs. loathe!
Should loath or loathe be used in the following sentence?
He was _____ to be so blunt, but he felt it was necessary.
How to use loath in a sentence
Nevertheless, publishers are loath to let a good crisis go to waste and, like clockwork, are wheeling out a familiar pitch as the search for alternatives to third-party cookies sputters along.BFFs once more, advertisers and publishers rediscover their alliance amid tracking turmoil|Seb Joseph|September 14, 2021|Digiday
Customize this crispy, cheesy spinach pie any way you like itTo this day I make some version of spanakopita regularly, except in the summer, when I am loath to turn on my oven or spend much time in the kitchen at all.Toss pasta with spinach, feta and dill for a speedy vegetarian supper|Ellie Krieger|July 8, 2021|Washington Post
Although state park officials are loath to expand parking lots at crammed parks, Settina said they are working to expand access to a handful of state properties that have sat largely unvisited.
Still, Republicans are loath to give Democrats any political advantage.Will D.C. become a state? Explaining the hurdles to statehood.|Meagan Flynn, Teddy Amenabar|April 22, 2021|Washington Post
The reports provide an unguarded accounting of bad behavior by airline customers, something executives hit by a steep drop in travel and billions in pandemic-related losses are loath to share themselves.Sneezed on, cussed at, ignored: Airline workers battle mask resistance with scant government backup|Michael Laris|January 1, 2021|Washington Post
And while big celebrities loath its intrusion and sloppiness with facts, those chasing fame long to be in its pages.Hollywood vs. The Daily Mail: George Clooney and Angelina Jolie Take On The UK's Leanest, Meanest Gossip Machine|Lizzie Crocker, Lloyd Grove|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These officials, however, are loath to talk about him on the record.Israel Bombs Gaza While Hamas’ Kidnapping Mastermind Sits in Turkey|Eli Lake|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Washington, in particular, has been loath to do anything that might escalate.
Perhaps they're loath to identify themselves with a worldview that leaves so little room for nuance.
Similar to his predecessor in office, Obama appears loath to fire his White House staff.After a Lousy Year, How Obama Can Turn His Presidency Around|Ron Christie|December 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He did not tell the name of his friend, who, as if loath to cross the plank, held back for a few more words.The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes
Young Richard, never loath to fortify himself, proved amenable enough to the stiffly laced Canary that his friend set before him.Mistress Wilding|Rafael Sabatini
This warrior, very loath to miss the spectacle of a burning, sullenly glided after the woman.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter
The Pallas, as though loath to pass the wreck-pack, was curving inward to follow its rim.The Sargasso of Space|Edmond Hamilton
Loath though I am to discredit so charming a story, duty compels me to state that it is wholly fictitious.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician|Frederick Niecks