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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Loathful Causing a feeling of loathing; disgusting. "Above the reach of loathful, sinful lust."
    • Loathful Full of loathing; hating; abhorring. "Loathful eyes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • loathful Full of loathing; abhorring; hating.
    • loathful Exciting loathing or disgust; loathsome; hateful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Loathful full of loathing, hate, or abhorrence: exciting loathing or disgust
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “She's gone. I am abused, and my relief must be to loathe her.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
    “We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.”


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


In literature:

They loathe the sex, and turn away from those they see; for they have no desire towards them.
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
Mr. Tyrrel always regarded him with aversion and loathing.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
I have spoken of the hatred felt by the white man for the Indian: with white women it seems to amount to disgust, to loathing.
"Summer on the Lakes, in 1843" by S.M. Fuller
He loathed business and he abhorred trade.
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
But perhaps Frank might be won from his loathly practice.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
The church would approve this attitude, whereas hate and loathing of humanity are not to be justified.
"A Mere Accident" by George Moore
Balarama is loath to intervene so goes away on pilgrimage.
"The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry" by W. G. Archer
In normal times juries were very loath to pronounce the death penalty.
"Crime: Its Cause and Treatment" by Clarence Darrow
Our poor blown horses were loath to run, but we urged them to it.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
How she loathed him now, and loathed herself for having allowed him to drag her down.
"The Nest of the Sparrowhawk" by Baroness Orczy
The English adore Americans, but they loathe America, and I, for one, will not accept a divided allegiance.
"As Seen By Me" by Lilian Bell
I loathe what I used to enjoy.
"A Reputed Changeling" by Charlotte M. Yonge
How she had loathed that whole atmosphere!
"The Reason Why" by Elinor Glyn
I loathed its cleverness.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
In spite of my loathing I had followed.
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson
She was a menace and a loathing.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Pinckney loathed waste as he loathed inefficiency and as he loathed dirt.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
She felt that she would loathe the sight of diamonds for the rest of her life.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
From the smoking meat Laurence recoiled with a loathing he could hardly repress.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
With loathing and disgust she proceeded to pinch his nose and render him helpless.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase

In poetry:

When nature shudders, loath to part
From all I love, enjoy, and see;
When a faint chill steals o’er my heart,
A sweet voice utters, “Come to Me.”
"With tearful eyes I look around;" by Charlotte Elliott
But if, to this marriage, to come you are loath,
If you fail to be, there, as a guest,
The great King declares with a terrible oath,
You never shall taste of his feast.
"An Invitation To Sinners, To Come And Receive The Good Things, Which God Offers Them In The Gospel, " by Rees Prichard
When love became a loathing, as it must,
He knew not where to turn; and he was wise,
Being now old, to sink among the dust,
And rest his rebel heart, and close his eyes.
"My Friend" by James Elroy Flecker
O sweet blue eve that seems so loath to die,
Trailing the sunset glory into night,
Within the soft, cool strangeness of thy light,
My heart doth seem to find its sanctuary.
"April Evening: France, 1916" by John William Streets
Deep anguish, but too late! The hopeless soul,
Bound to the bottom of the burning pool,
Though loath, and ever loud blaspheming, owns,
He's justly doom'd to pour eternal groans;
"A Poem On The Last Day - Book III" by Edward Young
What should a maiden be? She should be loath
Lightly to give or receive loving troth;
But when her faith is once plighted, till breath
Leave her, her love should be stronger than death.
"Simplex Munditiis" by E W Bowling

In news:

A Study in Self-Love (and Loathing).
Do you love or loathe this furry Rudsak coat .
Fear and Loathing (at Industry Conference) in Las Vegas.
No matter what you think of Gawker – love 'em or loathe 'em – the blog had a huge day Thursday when they went all WikiLeaks on the Romney campaign and dropped a sprawling investigation into Romney's finances while at Bain Capital.
North Korea's success in launching a satellite into orbit has put the Obama administration on unfamiliar ground, no longer able to dismiss North Korea's efforts as failure but loath to acknowledge its success.
Viewers tend to watch their favorite talk-, court-, magazine or gameshows in pattern, a benefit syndication ad-sales people are never loathe to point out.
France may need a bailout, but Germany is loath to set that precedent.
Fear and loathing in Grand Rapids.
Fear and loathing in Grand Rapids News Archive.
The video draws inspiration from the late '90s classic 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'.
God called a friend home to hear the tale I fondly loathed.
Over the years, one of the more troubling characteristics of the Democratic Party and the left in general has been a shortage of loyalty and an abundance of self-loathing.
Democratic leaders have faced few roadblocks this year in pushing through their agenda, but this week they opened a fiscal door that many lawmakers appear loath to step through.
Fear and Loathing in D.C.
Fear and Loathing in Vegas.

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