transitive verb (loathed; loathing) Etymology: Middle English lothen, from Old English lāthian to dislike, be hateful, from lāth Date: 12th century to dislike greatly and often with disgust or intolerance ; detest Synonyms: see hateloather noun

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  • Loathe — (l[=o][th]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Loathed} (l[=o][th]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Loathing}.] [AS. l[=a][eth]ian to hate. See {Loath}.] 1. To feel extreme disgust at, or aversion for. [1913 Webster] Loathing the honeyed cakes, I Ionged for bread. Cowley …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loathe — [ləuð US louð] v [T not in progressive] [: Old English; Origin: lathian, from lath; LOATH] to hate someone or something very much = ↑detest ▪ He loathes their politics. loathe doing sth ▪ I absolutely loathe shopping …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Loathe — Loathe, v. i. To feel disgust or nausea. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loathe — [ louð ] verb transitive to dislike someone or something very much: DETEST: I loathe having to get out of bed so early on a Saturday. She simply loathes her ex husband …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • loathe — index contemn, disdain Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • loathe — (v.) O.E. laðian to hate, to be disgusted with, from lað hostile (see LOATH (Cf. loath)). Cognate with O.S. lethon, O.N. leiða. Related: Loathed; LOATHING (Cf. loathing) …   Etymology dictionary

  • loathe — abominate, detest, abhor, *hate Analogous words: *despise, contemn, scorn, disdain: refuse, reject, spurn, repudiate, *decline: *recoil, shrink, flinch, blench, quail Antonyms: dote on Contrasted words: *like, love, relish, fancy, enjoy: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • loathe — [v] dislike strongly abhor, abominate, be allergic to*, be down on, decline, despise, detest, execrate, feel repugnance, find disgusting, hate, have aversion to, have no use for*, refuse, reject, repudiate, revolt, spurn; concept 29 Ant. like,… …   New thesaurus

  • loathe — ► VERB ▪ feel hatred or disgust for. DERIVATIVES loather noun. ORIGIN Old English, related to LOATH(Cf. ↑loath) …   English terms dictionary

  • loathe — [lōth] vt. loathed, loathing [ME lothen < OE lathian, to be hateful < base of lath: see LOATH] to feel intense dislike, disgust, or hatred for; abhor; detest SYN. HATE loather n …   English World dictionary

  • loathe — UK [ləʊð] / US [loʊð] verb [transitive] Word forms loathe : present tense I/you/we/they loathe he/she/it loathes present participle loathing past tense loathed past participle loathed to dislike someone or something very much I loathe having to… …   English dictionary

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