Definition of loathe in English:

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loathe

Pronunciation: /ləʊð/

verb

[with object]
Feel intense dislike or disgust for: she loathed him on sight
More example sentences
  • An intensely private man, he loathes the press and hates media criticism.
  • They learn to harness their powers and fight for the very world which hates and loathes them.
  • Naturally, and by tradition, this means it's always been loathed and despised by the rest of Scotland.
Synonyms
hate, detest, abhor, despise, abominate, dislike greatly, execrate;
have a strong aversion to, feel repugnance towards, not be able to bear, not be able to stand, shrink from, recoil from, be repelled by, be unable to stomach, find intolerable
hatred, hate, detestation, abhorrence, abomination, execration, odium;
antipathy, dislike, hostility, animosity, ill will, ill feeling, bad feeling, malice, animus, enmity, aversion;
repugnance, disgust, revulsion
informal yuck factor

Derivatives

loather

noun
Example sentences
  • It seemed absurd in many ways, yet I was trying my hardest to keep in step with the my fellow loathers and any slip off the edge of anti-Americanism would get me a tongue lashing from one person or another.
  • It's so light and tasty, I've even convinced avid spinach loathers.
  • If we look at racism then, despite all the self loathers, there is a good deal less racism nowadays than when I was a teenager.

Origin

Old English lāthian, of Germanic origin; related to loath.

Words that rhyme with loathe

betroth, clothe
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