loath

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj loath (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed "antipathetic to new ideas","averse to taking risks","loath to go on such short notice","clearly indisposed to grant their request"
    • adj loath unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom "a reluctant smile","loath to admit a mistake"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Loath Filled with disgust or aversion; averse; unwilling; reluctant; as, loath to part. "Full loth were him to curse for his tithes.""Why, then, though loath , yet must I be content."
    • Loath Hateful; odious; disliked.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • loath Hateful; disliked; detested.
    • loath Feeling extreme unwillingness or aversion; very unwilling; reluctant; averse.
    • n loath Evil; harm; injury.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Loath lōth disliking: reluctant, unwilling
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Quotations

  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “The weariest and most loathed worldly life, that age, ache, penury and imprisonment can lay on nature is a paradise, to what we fear of death.”
  • Marie Chapian
    Marie Chapian
    “Lack of discipline leads to frustration and self-loathing.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “I would be loath to speak ill of any person who I do not know deserves it, but I am afraid he is an attorney.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “She's gone. I am abused, and my relief must be to loathe her.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
    Oliver%20Wendell%20Holmes%20Jr.
    “We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. looth, loth, AS. lāð, hostile, odious; akin to OS. lāð, G. leid, Icel. leiðr, Sw. led, G. leiden, to suffer, OHG. līdan, to suffer, go, cf. AS. līðan, to go, Goth. leipan, and E. lead, to guide
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. láð, hateful—líðan, to travel; Ger. leiden, suffer.

Usage

In literature:

Lucy, there are moments when I loathe my fellow-creatures.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
I do loathe trouser clips.
"If Winter Comes" by A.S.M. Hutchinson
Now I am loath to hurt you.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
I think Tommy was one of the few about my father's house who were really fond of me, but perhaps that was mainly because he loathed aunt Bridget.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
Barbara loathed it and insulted it, so that with her as passenger, it sulked and refused to go.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
I hate and loathe myself.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
He was astonished that such characters as those he had just seen did not excite in him loathing and repulsion.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
The girl became ill and feverish with fear, loathing and uncertainty.
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
I should loathe myself; I should not be worthy of you.
"Philip Winwood" by Robert Neilson Stephens
She loathed and resented it immediately.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Clive was nothing loath to take up his work again.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
He loathed it with all the agonized disgust of a high, pure, fastidious nature.
"Memoirs of Arthur Hamilton, B. A. Of Trinity College, Cambridge" by Arthur Christopher Benson
His celebrity grew daily; but he languished, penniless and wretched, in confinement which he loathed.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Don't you know that I shall grow to loathe you?
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Everyone of them tainted with a sensuality which I loathe.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
I should loathe myself too.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
I am loath to hang a man who has worn the colors.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
I felt his breath on my face, and my loathing of him was so great that it made me physically incapable of resistance.
"The Story of Bawn" by Katharine Tynan
He loathed himself and it.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
With men a loathed inconveniency.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
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In poetry:

Told how—'Once that loathly Pitch Lake
Was a garden bright and fair;
How the Chaymas off the mainland
Built their palm ajoupas there.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley
We tell Thee of our sin
Only half loathed, only half wished away,
And those clear eyes of Love that look within
Rebuke us, seem to say,--
"Communion" by Susan Coolidge
But why this weakness on our part?
And why does nature thus recoil?
And why are we so loath to part
From this vain world of pain and toil?
"Tribute To Rev. William Paul Quinn" by James Madison Bell
I loathed and hated her for this;
One speckle on a thrush’s breast
Was worth a million such; and yet
She lived long, till God gave her rest.
"A Cat" by Edward Thomas
From her mother's heart seemed loath to part
That queen of bridal charms,
But her father smiled on the fairest child
He ever held in his arms.
"A Day Dream" by Emily Jane Bronte
Where Reason loathes, there Fancy loves,
And overrules the captive will;
Foes senses are to Virtue's lore,
They draw the wit their wish to fill.
"Man's Civil War" by Robert Southwell

In news:

Feel the Loathing on the Campaign Trail.
Fear and loathing in the city, with a dash of romance.
Fear and Loathing on the County Executive Trail '12.
Is D.C.'s Taco Self- Loathing Coming to an End.
Microsoft Surface Fuels Fear and Loathing in PC Land.
With Cruz and Dewhurst, the loathing is personal.
Fear and loathing in the heartland.
Voices from the Edge on 02-16-12 Exploring fear and loathing on the Populist Right with Arthur Goldwag.
Exploring fear and loathing on the Populist Right with Arthur Goldwag.
Dual Exams Prompt Fear and Loathing in North Carolina.
'Shame' takes self- loathing to bed.
Fear and Loathing in the Sunshine State.
Most people may associate Johnny Depp with the 1998 movie, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".
Self- Loathing in Sun Valley.
Cloud Fear and Loathing in Atlanta.
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In science:

But again: I am not so far gone in naturalism about persistence—I am loath to just dismiss the RDA on the grounds that quantum theory is first-order in time. A theory of persistence should accommodate classical continua, and this Subsection’s points do not bear directly on how it can do so.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
For many years, it has been put aside as having fulfilled its role: the loathed local variables models having been disposed of forever, one could peacefully concentrate on entanglement theory.
Device-independent bounds for Hardy's experiment
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