loath

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From loth, from Middle English loth (disinclined"; "loathsome), from Old English lāþ (loathsome", "evil)

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loath (comparative loather, superlative loathest)

  1. unwilling, reluctant; averse, disinclined
    I was loath to return to the office without the Henderson file.
  2. (obsolete) hostile, angry, loathsome, unpleasant

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  • Often confused in meaning and pronunciation with loathe, a related transitive verb.
  • This spelling is about four times as common as "loth" in the UK and fifty times as common in the US.

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