[lohth-suhm, lohth-]
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Origin of loathsome

First recorded in 1250–1300, loathsome is from the Middle English word lothsom. See loath, -some1
Related formsloath·some·ly, adverbloath·some·ness, nounun·loath·some, adjective
Can be confusedloath loathe loathsome

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Contemporary Examples of loathsome

Historical Examples of loathsome

  • 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


  1. causing loathing; abhorrent
Derived Formsloathsomely, adverbloathsomeness, noun
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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.

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