Definition of loathsome in English:



  • Causing hatred or disgust; repulsive.

    ‘this loathsome little swine’
    • ‘Not a great surprise, and in all possibility a victory for freedom of speech, even if his comments were utterly offensive and loathsome.’
    • ‘Racial prejudice is like having a loathsome disease though, it's something you try to cure, and hide if you can't cure it.’
    • ‘Of course, not all unnamed sources in newspaper stories are loathsome or immediately suspect.’
    • ‘Faced with this loathsome infestation, I realised the world needed to hear a different kind of voice - the dour voice of Calvinism.’
    • ‘In any circumstances, such an attack would be loathsome.’
    • ‘I find the notion of the proposed boycott loathsome and frightening.’
    • ‘If her perfectly ordinary physical activities are disgusting, her female body is loathsome.’
    • ‘The rest of the morning he flapped from nest to pole to river and back again, trying to rid himself of what was now a loathsome burden.’
    • ‘This sappy, sentimental, self-congratulatory awards show sums up much that's loathsome about America.’
    • ‘The judge had directed the jury to consider whether the material under consideration was repulsive, filthy, loathsome and lewd.’
    • ‘On this bill, the governor's was the kind of calculation that makes him so distinctly loathsome a character.’
    • ‘It was loathsome, it was disgusting, and it was a feeling that Laurel had never experienced.’
    • ‘He's a considerably despicable anti-hero, and a more loathsome character is scarcely imaginable.’
    • ‘As the heavy door fell into place he felt thud after thud after sickening thud as the loathsome creatures outside crashed into the building.’
    • ‘We are simply asked to contemplate the appalling act and the nightmare that one loathsome human being can inflict on an innocent bystander.’
    • ‘But then, of course, any protest at such loathsome attitudes is held up as triumphant proof of the Jewish lobby at its sinister work.’
    • ‘We punish because the criminal act was loathsome and the criminal himself hateful.’
    • ‘But I never did find out what anyone found in her that was so loathsome.’
    • ‘It stands as an act of loathsome brutality in and of itself - fair enough.’
    • ‘Previously, I've found him to be a fairly loathsome figure, the epitome of all that is rotten about the role of the spin doctor in modern politics.’
    hateful, detestable, abhorrent, repulsive, odious, repugnant, repellent, disgusting, revolting, sickening, nauseating, abominable, despicable, contemptible, reprehensible, execrable, damnable
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Middle English: from archaic loath ‘disgust, loathing’ + -some.