Definition of loathing in English:

loathing

noun

  • [mass noun] A feeling of intense dislike or disgust; hatred:

    ‘the thought filled him with loathing’
    • ‘Jon is a friendly, creative stand-up comedian, with a love of languages, martial arts, and a healthy loathing for heavy physical exertion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sure, both teams and fans go through the dreary ritual, psyching themselves up into a lather of loathing but to what end?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although a friend of the King, my loathing of the overthrown politicians was such that I accepted with alacrity.’
    • ‘His vehement loathing of Christianity betrayed precisely the resentment that he identified as the defining psychological feature of his object of hatred.’
    • ‘Rather, they must be motivated by a loathing of capitalism, progress, and success.’
    • ‘They have to find a new object for their loathing or the AM radio ratings are going to tank.’
    • ‘When I was mortal, as you are still, that name filled me with loathing.’
    • ‘I have the healthiest loathing for people who consider themselves important enough to regard other forms of life as theirs to play with.’
    • ‘Sorry, folks, but loathing is not a strategy - especially when much of the country finds the object of your loathing a likable guy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite the fear and loathing they often engender, wild rats play an important part in the biological economy of this fallen world.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

loathing

/ˈləʊðɪŋ/