verb (used with object), loathed, loath·ing.

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 formsloath·er, nounun·loathed, adjective
Can be confusedloath loathe loathsome

Synonyms for loathe

Antonyms for loathe

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Historical Examples of loathe

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for loathe



(tr) to feel strong hatred or disgust for
Derived Formsloather, noun

Word Origin for loathe

Old English lāthiān, from loath
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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.

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