View synonyms for loathing


[ loh-thing ]


  1. strong dislike or disgust; intense aversion.

    Synonyms: hatred, abhorrence


/ ˈləʊðɪŋ /


  1. abhorrence; disgust

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Derived Forms

  • ˈloathingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • loath·ing·ly adverb
  • self-loath·ing adjective noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of loathing1

First recorded in 1300–50, loathing is from the Middle English word lathynge. See loathe, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

That’s because our country is in the middle of an uncivil war, full of partisan rancor and loathing.

He’s horrid, except that he’s nice and willing to stay yoked to this woman bristling with anxieties, loathings and yearnings.

The leftoversBoth love and loathing of leftovers are as old as Thanksgiving itself.

She has a hard time getting the self-absorbed, self-loathing D-lister to open up (in between booze binges).

We see, over and over again, his self-loathing over crying in front of family and friends.

Fugelsang quipped: “Comics are bitter misogynist self-loathing drunks, and Congress already has already hit their quota of those.”

Why so many people are so eager to flaunt their musical bona fides by loathing Coldplay.

It must also have deepened a certain self-loathing he is bound to have had over his inability to acquire a girlfriend.

Thus was he spared the look of utter loathing, of unconquerable, irrepressible disgust that leapt into her countenance.

She had seen her advantage in his loathing of the proposed union with Tressan, and she had used it to the full.

Why did Ricetto, Bruno and Servetus in the hour of martyrdom turn with loathing from that sacred emblem, the crucifix?

With loathing and contempt Maxgregor indicated the bed on which the King of Asturia was lying.

With a look of intense loathing the queen bent down and laid her head on the sleeper's breast.


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