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- loathsome; hideous
1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene Volume 1:
- Her loathly visage viewing with disdaine, Eftsoones I thought her such, as she me told, And would haue kild her; but with faigned paine, The false witch did my wrathfull hand with-hold; So left her, where she now is turnd to treen mould.
1885, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Idylls of the King:
- And Merlin answered, 'Overquick art thou To catch a loathly plume fallen from the wing Of that foul bird of rapine whose whole prey Is man's good name: he never wronged his bride.
1922, T.S. Stribling, Birthright:
- This unremitting insistence on his color, this continual shunting him into obscure and filthy ways, gradually gave Peter a loathly sensation.