• WordNet 3.6
    • adj loathsome highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust "a disgusting smell","distasteful language","a loathsome disease","the idea of eating meat is repellent to me","revolting food","a wicked stench"
    • adj loathsome causing or able to cause nausea "a nauseating smell","nauseous offal","a sickening stench"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Loathsome Fitted to cause loathing; exciting disgust; disgusting; as, a loathsome disease. "The most loathsome and deadly forms of infection."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • loathsome Such as to cause loathing or excite disgust; disgusting; odious; detestable.
    • loathsome Synonyms Nauseous, nauseating, revolting, sickening, abominable, hateful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Loathsome exciting loathing or abhorrence: detestable
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  • William Blake
    “Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “The horror of wedlock, the most appalling, the most loathsome of all the bonds humankind has devised for its own discomfort and degradation.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. láðianláð; cf. loath.


In literature:

The horror and loathsomeness of this dreadful spectacle, both confounded my senses, and made me discharge from my stomach in an excessive manner.
"The Life and Most Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1801)" by Daniel Defoe
Out of it, through a cloud of shavings, emerged my own loathsome yellow-and-red Indian vase!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, April 23, 1919" by Various
Prisons in the past have been loathsome places and not much better than death.
"Crime: Its Cause and Treatment" by Clarence Darrow
I was more loathsome in my own eyes than a toad, and I thought I was so in God's eyes, too.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Nothing is more loathsome to him than underhand dealings and crooked undertakings.
"Bushido, the Soul of Japan" by Inazo Nitobé
To Keith he had become positively loathsome.
"The Soul of a Child" by Edwin Bjorkman
To make men see the hatefulness and loathsomeness of this greed of gain is the first duty of the church.
"The Church and Modern Life" by Washington Gladden
Interrupted in their loathsome work, they, scared by the light, crept into a mass, and hid themselves beneath each other.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXII." by Various
It is well that God, in his unsearchable wisdom, hath made death loathsome to us.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
It raged violently among them, and some became very loathsome objects.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 1" by David Collins
That would no longer hold its loathsome charge, But burst and spread in deluge through the land.
"Old and New Masters" by Robert Lynd
Unburied corpses of emigrants and carcasses of mules who had preceded them, making the hot air foul and loathsome.
"International Weekly Miscellany Vol. I. No. 3, July 15, 1850" by Various
I returned home, and threw myself like a loathsome carcass upon my couch.
"Wild Western Scenes" by John Beauchamp Jones
Where sin is loud and loathsome and frenzied, it is hard to keep it still.
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
They always seemed to me loathsome little brats.
"The Great Prince Shan" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It was a painful, loathsome, and horrible spectacle.
"The Personal Life Of David Livingstone" by William Garden Blaikie
I shrank back from the loathsome monster.
"Fifteen Years in Hell" by Luther Benson
Nothing suggested the glory of a soldier's death nor mitigated the loathsomeness of the incident.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" by Ambrose Bierce
Any food that is smeared about is loathsome.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
They are all yellow and pink, and next to spiders seem the most loathsome creatures on God's earth.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

In poetry:

While now for the morning
She sigh'd;—that its ray
Should bear her from loathsome
Embraces away.
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
O let the wild birds o’er me warble
I shall love the cheerful sound
Though I lay beneath the marble
In the cold and loathsome ground.
"Orphan;s Request" by Joseph Warren Watson
For image foul or fair,
For soft-eyed nymph, who wept with pain and shame,
For threatening fiend or loathsome beast or flame,
For menace or for prayer.
"Reality" by Emma Lazarus
I saw that one who lost her love in pain,
Who trod on thorns, who drank the loathsome cup;
The lost in night, in day was found again;
The fallen was lifted up.
"From House To House" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
'Come down!' And with an awful cry, the corse
Sprang on the sacred tomb of many tales,
And stone and bone, locked in a loathsome strife,
Swayed to the singing of the nightingales.
"A Man And His Image" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The loathsome wretch in the dungeon low,
With a face of a fiend and a look of woe,
Ruined by revels of crime and sin,
A pitiful wreck of what might have been,
Hated and shunned, and without a home,
Was the CHILD that played in the streets of Rome.
"Two Pictures" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

The refreshingly loathsome bridesmaids of Bachelorette.
THE BUSH administration's distortion, for political purposes, of the Democratic position on warrantless surveillance is loathsome.
Free-speech rights are often forged in controversies involving loathsome people.
The Obama administration's loathsome cowboy, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, won't take no for an answer.
T he Obama administration's loathsome cowboy, interior secretary Ken Salazar, won't take no for an answer.
TV review Loathsome 'Liz & Dick'.
Hecklevision debuts with loathsome Batman and Robin.
Why Bernanke's Quantitative Easing, Loathsome to Many, Actually Boosts the Stock Market.
Loathsome Lakers still darlings of NBA, media.
Charlize Theron does loathsome proud in Diablo Cody's Young Adult.
Rush Limbaugh has been spewing loathsome barbs over the airwaves for almost 30 years.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Make lake loathsome to geese .
"Cheri" Movie Review: "'Course I'm respectable," the loathsome Noah Cross observes in "Chinatown".
This week, we copycatted Charlize Theron's smoky eyes, gave you tips for treating the loathsome (and totally avoidable.
Karl Marx called him "loathsome.".