Basic+ Word of the Day: loathe

loathe (verb) past tense: loathed LISTEN

"I loathe you!"

Loathe means ‘to hate intensely.’

  • Nicole loathes public speaking, but must do it for her job.
  • Judy loathes her ex-husband.
  • Brian loathes going to the dentist.

Don't confuse it with

loath: unwilling or not inclined to do something. Example: “I am loath to admit that my husband was right and I was wrong.”

In pop culture

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a movie about “the hallucinogenic misadventures of a sportswriter and his lawyer on a three-day trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas,” based on the Hunter Thompson book. Watch the trailer.

There are other meanings of loathe.
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