Definition of loathing in English:

loathing

noun

mass noun
  • A feeling of intense dislike or disgust; hatred.

    ‘the thought filled him with loathing’
    • ‘There are thousands who believe in the justness of this war who are sickened with loathing of the means taken to obtain soldiers to carry it on.’
    • ‘Yet the conservative press tries to keep us all in a frenzied state of fear and loathing, constantly awaiting the next mugging and poised to shoot the next burglar.’
    • ‘His vehement loathing of Christianity betrayed precisely the resentment that he identified as the defining psychological feature of his object of hatred.’
    • ‘I am too often shocked by the vitriolic repulsion many people feel for our leader and America in general, especially because the loathing is often poorly informed.’
    • ‘Sorry, folks, but loathing is not a strategy - especially when much of the country finds the object of your loathing a likable guy.’
    • ‘With her absolute loathing of the working class, she ironically created a species of vandals whose sole purpose in life seems to be to destroy the society they live in.’
    • ‘I hadn't done anything other than to be attractive to him and then to say no, and suddenly I was an object of fury, lust, and loathing.’
    • ‘When I was mortal, as you are still, that name filled me with loathing.’
    • ‘But what most feeds his loathing is his love for his sensitive, intelligent mother, and the realisation that he had to share her affection with such a brute.’
    • ‘His loathing of imperialism was visceral, because he knew, firsthand, what it meant.’
    • ‘It was only when confronted with the loathing so many on the left feel for him that I discovered how much there was to admire in the doughty old demagogue.’
    • ‘They have to find a new object for their loathing or the AM radio ratings are going to tank.’
    • ‘Perhaps the overhyped fear and loathing whipped up about animals such as rattlesnakes arises from surprise encounters that people have with snakes, in which the snakes are perceived as intruders.’
    • ‘Although a friend of the King, my loathing of the overthrown politicians was such that I accepted with alacrity.’
    • ‘Despite the fear and loathing they often engender, wild rats play an important part in the biological economy of this fallen world.’
    • ‘I have the healthiest loathing for people who consider themselves important enough to regard other forms of life as theirs to play with.’
    • ‘Jon is a friendly, creative stand-up comedian, with a love of languages, martial arts, and a healthy loathing for heavy physical exertion.’
    • ‘Rather, they must be motivated by a loathing of capitalism, progress, and success.’
    • ‘Sure, both teams and fans go through the dreary ritual, psyching themselves up into a lather of loathing but to what end?’
    • ‘But the response to those attacks has done much to intensify the culture of fear and loathing, and the consequent drive to turn precaution into the first principle of politics.’

Pronunciation

loathing

/ˈləʊðɪŋ/