Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To dislike (someone or something) greatly; abhor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To hate, detest, revile.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To feel disgust or nausea.
  • transitive v. To feel extreme disgust at, or aversion for.
  • transitive v. To dislike greatly; to abhor; to hate; to detest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be hateful or loathed; excite nausea, disgust, or abhorrence.
  • To feel nausea, disgust, or abhorrence.
  • To dislike greatly; hate; abhor.
  • To cause to dislike or avoid; disgust.
  • To feel disgust at; especially, to have an extreme aversion to, as food or drink.
  • Synonyms Hate, Abhor, Detest, etc. See hate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. find repugnant

Etymologies

Middle English lothen, from Old English lāthian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English lothe, from Old English lāþian. Cognate with Old Norse leiðask ( > Danish ledes, Icelandic leiðast ) (all reflexive), German leiden. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jesus do I loathe it, I am all up for discussions on plots character development, the reasons behind the motives of the character, things that influenced the film or if the film is some sort of fable or allegory, but I friggin loathe how people can analyze great pieces of art, to smithereens.

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  • Yeah you probably right, but the hypocrisy and deceit of the Republicans which Americans loathe is simply unmatched!

    CNN Poll: Americans think Sanford should resign

  • The only POV I loathe is the first person that switches narrators.

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  • What English people of nearly all classes loathe from the bottom of their hearts is the swaggering officer type, the jingle of spurs and the crash of boots.

    The Lion and the Unicorn

  • But for now, it's an unpopular law that took a divisive year to enact, that liberals and conservatives loathe, that is full of bureaucratic and fiscal IEDs, and that drained attention from dealing with the economy.

    What Went Wrong

  • Governor Ritter (who few can call loathe to make his own decisions after this stunner) will accompany the superintendent cum senator on the tour.

    ColoradoPols.com - Front Page

  • Moore wants his viewers angry, not educated, and he represents what he claims to loathe, which is the triumph of imagery over substance.

    Marine Corps Moms

  • And now that I know you 'loathe' cake decorating, I really appreciate how you still took the time to comment on my posts about it: D

    HTEAC Does Business: "Over the Hill!" 40th Birthday Cake

  • It's a solid way to hone writing skills though, and I say "loathe" facetiously.

    Too Many Irons in the Fire

  • Perhaps "loathe" was politically too strong of a word even if accurately described how Tinker felt.

    Another snippet that didn't fit in

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  • I frequently see or hear loathe where loth is meant.

    October 15, 2010

  • Today I was suddenly struck with the fear that I may have sometime in the past misspelt this word sans e.

    October 14, 2010