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verb (used with object), loathed, loath·ing.
  1. 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

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Historical Examples of loathed

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

  • 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."


    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


  1. (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 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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