loath, loathe


loath, loathe
Loath is an adjective meaning "reluctant," "unwilling," "averse," "disinclined": "I am always loath to admit my mistakes." Loathe is a verb meaning "to detest," "to abhor," "to abominate," "to feel disgust for": "Most people loathe the rude jangling of an alarm clock."

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  • loath, loathe —    The first is an adjective meaning reluctant, the second a verb meaning to despise …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • loath, loathe —    The first is an adjective meaning reluctant, the second a verb meaning to despise …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • loath — See loath, loathe …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • loathe — See loath, loathe …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • loath´er — loathe «lohth», transitive verb, loathed, loath|ing. to hate very much; feel strong dislike and disgust for; abhor: »We loathe rotten food or a nasty smell. I loathe cockroaches. He knew the model boy very well though and loathed him (Mark Twain) …   Useful english dictionary

  • loath — meaning ‘averse, reluctant’, as in loath to comment, is spelt loath, not loth, and is pronounced lohth (like both). It should be distinguished from the verb loathe meaning ‘to hate’, which is pronounced lohdh. The adjective loathsome, meaning… …   Modern English usage

  • loathe / loath —    Loathe is a verb meaning to detest or dislike greatly : Janice loathes animal cruelty.    Loath is an adjective meaning reluctant, unwilling : Lance was loath to ask for an extension on his term paper that semester …   Confused words

  • loathe / loath —    Loathe is a verb meaning to detest or dislike greatly : Janice loathes animal cruelty.    Loath is an adjective meaning reluctant, unwilling : Lance was loath to ask for an extension on his term paper that semester …   Confused words

  • loathe — (v.) O.E. laðian to hate, to be disgusted with, from lað hostile (see LOATH (Cf. loath)). Cognate with O.S. lethon, O.N. leiða. Related: Loathed; LOATHING (Cf. loathing) …   Etymology dictionary

  • loathe — ► VERB ▪ feel hatred or disgust for. DERIVATIVES loather noun. ORIGIN Old English, related to LOATH(Cf. ↑loath) …   English terms dictionary


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