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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

loath, loathe, loathing, loathsome

Loath is an adjective meaning “reluctant” or “averse.”

  • Wayne and Wendy were loath to volunteer at the races because they had no time for the extra work involved.

Loathe is a verb meaning “to hate or detest.”

  • Would you say you loathe heavy metal music or simply find it annoying?

There is no e in loathsome or loathing.

  • A more loathsome creature never crawled out from beneath a rotten log.
  • Suddenly, Helena’s admiring gaze turned to a look of loathing.