Definition of loathsome in English:



  • Causing hatred or disgust; repulsive.

    ‘this loathsome little swine’
    • ‘Faced with this loathsome infestation, I realised the world needed to hear a different kind of voice - the dour voice of Calvinism.’
    • ‘We punish because the criminal act was loathsome and the criminal himself hateful.’
    • ‘In any circumstances, such an attack would be loathsome.’
    • ‘But then, of course, any protest at such loathsome attitudes is held up as triumphant proof of the Jewish lobby at its sinister work.’
    • ‘It stands as an act of loathsome brutality in and of itself - fair enough.’
    • ‘Not a great surprise, and in all possibility a victory for freedom of speech, even if his comments were utterly offensive and loathsome.’
    • ‘The judge had directed the jury to consider whether the material under consideration was repulsive, filthy, loathsome and lewd.’
    • ‘As the heavy door fell into place he felt thud after thud after sickening thud as the loathsome creatures outside crashed into the building.’
    • ‘If her perfectly ordinary physical activities are disgusting, her female body is loathsome.’
    • ‘I find the notion of the proposed boycott loathsome and frightening.’
    • ‘It was loathsome, it was disgusting, and it was a feeling that Laurel had never experienced.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Racial prejudice is like having a loathsome disease though, it's something you try to cure, and hide if you can't cure it.’
    • ‘We are simply asked to contemplate the appalling act and the nightmare that one loathsome human being can inflict on an innocent bystander.’
    • ‘He's a considerably despicable anti-hero, and a more loathsome character is scarcely imaginable.’
    • ‘On this bill, the governor's was the kind of calculation that makes him so distinctly loathsome a character.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I never did find out what anyone found in her that was so loathsome.’
    • ‘Of course, not all unnamed sources in newspaper stories are loathsome or immediately suspect.’
    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.