verb \ˈth\

: to hate (someone or something) very much


Full Definition of LOATHE

transitive verb
:  to dislike greatly and often with disgust or intolerance :  detest
loath·er noun

Examples of LOATHE

  1. In fact, he was an energetic walker his whole life, but he loathed fresh-air fiends and he was rather stuck on the idea of being dissolute. —Paul Theroux, New York Times Book Review, 21 Apr. 1991

Origin of LOATHE

Middle English lothen, from Old English lāthian to dislike, be hateful, from lāth
First Known Use: 12th century

Synonym Discussion of LOATHE

hate, detest, abhor, abominate, loathe mean to feel strong aversion or intense dislike for. hate implies an emotional aversion often coupled with enmity or malice <hated the enemy with a passion>. detest suggests violent antipathy <detests cowards>. abhor implies a deep often shuddering repugnance <a crime abhorred by all>. abominate suggests strong detestation and often moral condemnation <abominates all forms of violence>. loathe implies utter disgust and intolerance <loathed the mere sight of them>.

Rhymes with LOATHE

LOATHE Defined for Kids


verb \ˈth\

Definition of LOATHE for Kids

:  to dislike greatly


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