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Webster 1913 Edition


Loathe

Loathe

(lōth)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Loathed
(lōthd)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Loathing
.]
[AS.
lāðian
to hate. See
Loath
.]
1.
To feel extreme disgust at, or aversion for.
Loathing
the honeyed cakes, I Ionged for bread.
Cowley.
2.
To dislike greatly; to abhor; to hate; to detest.
The secret which I
loathe
.
Waller.
Syn. – To hate; abhor; detest; abominate. See
Hate
.

Loathe

,
Verb.
I.
To feel disgust or nausea.
[Obs.]

Definition 2021


loathe

loathe

See also: loath

English

Verb

loathe (third-person singular simple present loathes, present participle loathing, simple past and past participle loathed)

  1. To hate, detest, revile.
    I loathe scrubbing toilets.
    I absolutely loathe hydrangeas.
    • Cowley
      Loathing the honeyed cakes, I Ionged for bread.
    • 1850, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese:
      Quick-loving hearts, I thought, may quickly loathe
    • 2003 October 13, The New Yorker:
      This movie is a historical achievement: Clint Eastwood, an icon of violence, has made us loathe violence as an obscenity. “Mystic River” hurts the way sad stories always hurt, but the craft and love with which it has been made transfigure pain into a moviegoer’s rapture

Quotations

  • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:loathe.

Usage notes

Sometimes confused with the similarly-pronounced loath, a related adjective.

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External links

  • loathe in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • loathe in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911