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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈləʊð/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈloʊð/
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- Rhymes: -əʊð
- (transitive) To detest, hate, revile.
- Synonyms: abhor, abominate, despise, dislike
- I loathe scrubbing toilets.
- I absolutely loathe hydrangeas.
- Loathing the honeyed cakes, I longed for bread.
- 1576, George Whetstone, “The Ortchard of Repentance: […]”, in The Rocke of Regard, Diuided into Foure Parts. [...], Imprinted at London: [By H. Middleton] for Robert Waley, OCLC 837515946; republished as J[ohn] P[ayne] Collier, editor, The Rocke of Regard, Diuided into Foure Parts. [...] (Illustrations of Early English Poetry; vol. 2, no. 2), London: Privately printed, [1867?], OCLC 706027473, page 20:
- To Scriptures read they muſt their leaſure frame, / Then loath they will both luſt and wanton love; […]
- 1736, Andrew Gray, “Sermon VI. Acts xxvi. 18. [...]”, in Great and Precious Promises: or, Some Sermons Concerning the Promises, and the Right Application thereof. […], Glasgow: Printed by William Duncan, […], OCLC 777978355, page 115:
- […] O Hypocrites! ye hope for Enjoyment of Chriſt, but be perſwaded of it, Chriſt ſhall eternally loath you, and ye ſhall eternally loath Chriſt: […]
- 1850, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Sonnet XXXII”, in Sonnets from the Portuguese:
- Quick-loving hearts, I thought, may quickly loathe
- 2003 October 13, The New Yorker:
- This movie is a historical achievement: Clint Eastwood, an icon of violence, has made us loathe violence as an obscenity. “Mystic River” hurts the way sad stories always hurt, but the craft and love with which it has been made transfigure pain into a moviegoer’s rapture
Not to be confused with the related adjective loath.
- loath (obsolete)
- See also Thesaurus:hate
to detest, hate, revile
- loathe in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- loathe in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913