Definition of loathe in US English:

loathe

verb

[with object]
  • Feel intense dislike or disgust for.

    ‘she loathed him on sight’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The audience finds themselves sympathising with and loathing the character at the same time.’
    • ‘Truly, they are now loathed and despised in newspapers across the world.’
    • ‘An intensely private man, he loathes the press and hates media criticism.’
    • ‘She despises the old order, but equally fears and loathes the new lack of order.’
    • ‘We got along when she was sober, but otherwise we despised and loathed one another.’
    • ‘They learn to harness their powers and fight for the very world which hates and loathes them.’
    • ‘She loathes Hollywood, finds it distasteful and banal, hates the idea of her art being tainted by commerce.’
    • ‘We spent too much money on people that hate us and loathe us and want us out of their country.’
    • ‘I drove all the way because I loathe the tube with ever more intense venom.’
    • ‘The anti-globalization left, which abhors property rights of any kind, loathes patents, and quickly found a weak spot in the case of health.’
    • ‘I don't think she actually dislikes the new neighbors so much as she loathes the realtor who sold them their homes.’
    • ‘It surprised her how last Autumn, she had loathed the very sight of him.’
    • ‘Queen Mary, who loathes sentiment, is obsessed with pruning and especially hates ivy.’
    • ‘He loathes war and militarism, and despises chauvinism in every form.’
    • ‘Naturally, and by tradition, this means it's always been loathed and despised by the rest of Scotland.’
    • ‘First of all, he loathed the sight of the woman who didn't show a trace of sensitivity on the situation.’
    • ‘If her daughter ends up loathing her she has nobody but herself to blame.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/loʊð//lōT͟H/