• (RP) IPA: /ˈləʊð/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈloʊð/

loathe (loathes, present participle loathing; past and past participle loathed)

  1. (transitive) To detest, hate#Verb|hate, revile.
    Synonyms: abhor, abominate, despise
    I loathe scrubbing toilets.
    I absolutely loathe this place.
    • Loathing the honeyed cakes, I longed for bread.
    • 1576, George Whetstone, “The Castle of Delight: […]”, in The Rocke of Regard, Diuided into Foure Parts. [...], Imprinted at London: [By H. Middleton] for Robert Waley, OCLC 837515946 ↗; republished in 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 leisure#English|leaſure frame, / Then loath they will both luſt and wanton love; {{...}
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