loathe (third-person singular simple present loathes, present participle loathing, simple past and past participle loathed)
- To hate, detest, revile.
- I loathe scrubbing toilets.
- I absolutely loathe hydrangeas.
- 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
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:loathe.
Sometimes confused with the similarly-pronounced loath, a related adjective.
hate, detest, revile
- Italian: detestare (it), odiare (it), aborrire (it), abominare (it)
- Japanese: 大嫌い (daikirai), 忌み嫌う (imikirau), 唾棄する (ja) (daki suru)
- Maori: whakaetieti, mauāhara
- Polish: nienawidzić (pl), gardzić (pl)
- Portuguese: detestar (pt)
- Russian: ненави́деть (ru) (nenavídetʹ), не выноси́ть (ru) (ne vynosítʹ), не люби́ть (ru) (ne ljubítʹ)
- Scots: laith
- Scottish Gaelic: fuathaich
- Spanish: detestar (es), repugnar (es)
- Telugu: అసహ్యించుకొను (asahyiṃcukonu)
- Yiddish: פֿײַנט האָבן (faynt hobn)
- loathe in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- loathe in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911