Definition of loathe in English:

loathe

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Feel intense dislike or disgust for.

    ‘she loathed him on sight’
    • ‘An intensely private man, he loathes the press and hates media criticism.’
    • ‘She loathes Hollywood, finds it distasteful and banal, hates the idea of her art being tainted by commerce.’
    • ‘Queen Mary, who loathes sentiment, is obsessed with pruning and especially hates ivy.’
    • ‘We spent too much money on people that hate us and loathe us and want us out of their country.’
    • ‘They learn to harness their powers and fight for the very world which hates and loathes them.’
    • ‘Truly, they are now loathed and despised in newspapers across the world.’
    • ‘The anti-globalization left, which abhors property rights of any kind, loathes patents, and quickly found a weak spot in the case of health.’
    • ‘She despises the old order, but equally fears and loathes the new lack of order.’
    • ‘The audience finds themselves sympathising with and loathing the character at the same time.’
    • ‘It surprised her how last Autumn, she had loathed the very sight of him.’
    • ‘I don't think she actually dislikes the new neighbors so much as she loathes the realtor who sold them their homes.’
    • ‘Because it's small, no one loathes it the way they hate the big-box stores that sit like pharonic mausoleums in a blacktop desert.’
    • ‘First of all, he loathed the sight of the woman who didn't show a trace of sensitivity on the situation.’
    • ‘We got along when she was sober, but otherwise we despised and loathed one another.’
    • ‘I drove all the way because I loathe the tube with ever more intense venom.’
    • ‘He loathes war and militarism, and despises chauvinism in every form.’
    • ‘She loathes negative space, filling every millimeter of every panel with shading or detail.’
    • ‘It wasn't too long ago that it was more of a case of loathe him or hate him and I certainly was no different.’
    • ‘If her daughter ends up loathing her she has nobody but herself to blame.’
    • ‘Naturally, and by tradition, this means it's always been loathed and despised by the rest of Scotland.’
    hate, detest, abhor, despise, abominate, dislike greatly, execrate
    hatred, hate, detestation, abhorrence, abomination, execration, odium
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

loathe

/ləʊð/