Loathness
Loathness Loath"ness, n. Unwillingness; reluctance. [1913 Webster]

A general silence and loathness to speak. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]


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  • loathness — noun see loath …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • loathness — noun unwillingness; reluctance …   Wiktionary

  • loathness — n. aversion, unwillingness, reluctance …   English contemporary dictionary

  • loathness — loath·ness …   English syllables

  • loathness — ˈlōthnə̇s, th noun ( es) Etymology: Middle English lothnesse, lathnesse harmfulness, unpleasantness, reluctance, from loth, lath hostile, loathsome, averse + nesse ness : the quality or state of being loath : reluctance …   Useful english dictionary

  • loath — loathness, n. /lohth, lohdh/, adj. unwilling; reluctant; disinclined; averse: to be loath to admit a mistake. Also, loth. [bef. 900; ME loth, lath, OE lath hostile, hateful; c. D leed, G leid sorry, ON leithr hateful] Syn. See reluctant. Ant …   Universalium

  • loath — also loth or loathe adjective Etymology: Middle English loth loathsome, from Old English lāth; akin to Old High German leid loathsome, Old Irish lius loathing Date: 12th century unwilling to do something contrary to one s ways of thinking ;… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • loath — (adj.) O.E. lað hated; hateful; hostile; repulsive, from P.Gmc. *laithaz (Cf. O.S., O.Fris. leth loathsome, O.N. leiðr hateful, hostile, loathed; M.Du. lelijc, Du. leelijk ugly; O.H.G. leid sorrowful, hateful, offensive, grievous, Ger. Leid sor …   Etymology dictionary

  • averseness — n. unwillingness, opposition, loathness, reluctance …   English contemporary dictionary

  • demur — vb Demur, scruple, balk, jib, shy, boggle, stick, stickle, strain are comparable when they mean to hesitate or show reluctance because of difficulties in the way. One demurs to or at something when one raises objections to it, casts doubt upon it …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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