What does loathe mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abhor, loathe, abominate, execrateverb

    find repugnant

    "I loathe that man"; "She abhors cats"


  1. loatheverb

    To hate, detest, revile.

  2. Etymology: From lothe, from laþian. Cognate with Old Norse leiða (> Danish lede, Icelandic leiðast) (all reflexive), German leiden.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Loatheverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Parthenia had learned both liking and misliking, loving and loathing. Philip Sidney.

    They with their filthiness
    Polluted this same gentle soil long time,
    That their own mother loath’d their beastliness. Fa. Qu.

    The fish in the river shall die, and the river stink; and the Egyptians shall loath to drink of the water. Exod. vii. 18.

    How am I caught with an unwary oath,
    Not to reveal the secret which I loath! Edmund Waller.

    For thee the lion loaths the taste of blood,
    And roaring hunts his female through the wood. Dryden.

    Why do I stay within this hated place,
    Where every object shocks my loathing eyes. Nicholas Rowe.

    Now his exalted spirit loaths
    Incumbrances of food and cloaths. Jonathan Swift.

    Loathing the honey’d cakes, I long for bread. Abraham Cowley.

    Our appetite is extinguished with the satisfaction, and is succeeded by loathing and satiety. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Loathing is a symptom well known to attend disorders of the stomach; and the cure must have regard to the cause. John Quincy.

  2. To Loatheverb

    To create disgust; to cause abhorrence.

    Where I was wont to seek the honey bee,
    The grisly toadstool grown there might I see,
    And loathing paddocks lording on the same. Edmund Spenser.


  1. loathe

    Hatred is an intense negative emotional response towards certain people, things or ideas, usually related to opposition or revulsion toward something. Hatred is often associated with intense feelings of anger, contempt, and disgust. Hatred is sometimes seen as the opposite of love. A number of different definitions and perspectives on hatred have been put forth. Philosophers have been concerned with understanding the essence and nature of hatred, while some religions view it positively and encourage hatred toward certain outgroups. Social and psychological theorists have understood hatred in a utilitarian sense. Certain public displays of hatred are sometimes legally proscribed in the context of pluralistic cultures that value tolerance. Hatred may encompass a wide range of gradations of emotion and have very different expressions depending on the cultural context and the situation that triggers the emotional or intellectual response. Based on the context in which hatred occurs, it may be viewed favorably, unfavorably, or neutrally by different societies.


  1. loathe

    To loathe is to feel intense dislike, disgust, or hatred for someone or something. It is an extreme repulsion or aversion beyond mere dislike or annoyance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loatheverb

    to feel extreme disgust at, or aversion for

  2. Loatheverb

    to dislike greatly; to abhor; to hate

  3. Loatheverb

    to feel disgust or nausea

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Loathe

    th, v.t. to dislike greatly, to feel disgust at.—adj. Loath′ful, full of loathing, hate, or abhorrence: exciting loathing or disgust.—n. Loath′ing, extreme hate or disgust: abhorrence.—adj. hating.—adv. Loath′ingly.—adjs. Loath′ly, Loath′y (obs.), loathsome; Loath′some, exciting loathing or abhorrence: detestable.—adv. Loath′somely.—n. Loath′someness. [A.S. láðianláð; cf. loath.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of loathe in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of loathe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of loathe in a Sentence

  1. Arthur Alan Wolk:

    The only way to really improve it…is to have competition, the only other thing that works, I’m loathe to say, is for the regulatory environment to tighten up the service regulations that apply to the airlines.

  2. Cleopatra Cowley:

    I loathe Michaeil Ward and his very existence because every breath Michaeil Ward gets to take is one breath more than my 15-year-old daughter was allowed to breathe, hadiya Pendleton is serving a death sentence handed down by Michaeil Ward and the family is doing life as a result of her death.

  3. James Thurber:

    I loathe the expression What makes him tick. It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.

  4. August Strindberg:

    I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves.

  5. Jeremy Clarkson:

    I'd actually used the word I was trying to obscure. I was mortified by this, horrified. It is a word I loathe.

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