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I make New Year’s resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
  detest or intensely dislike
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loathing loathe loathsome loathed loathes loather
Strongly Associated with:   loath
Word Confusion:  Do not confuse loathe with loath which sounds very similar or the same. Loathe is a verb while loath is an adjective describing "reluctance or unwillingness to do something." Note that loathing and loathsome are forms of the verb loathe even though both word forms lack the "e". Occasionally, you will see loath spelled as loathe even in a published book, but it is rare enough that it is generally considered an error rather than a non-standard spelling.
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  • I make New Year’s resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
  • I loathe that man. He ruined my life.
  • Some people love it. Some people loathe it.
  • They loathed each other. But he never wanted you dead.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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  • This boy, who only just before
    Was loathed by men from shore to shore,
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • O, how mine eyes do loathe his visage now!
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • with loathsome smells
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • ...for affection,
    Mistress of passion, sways it to the mood
    Of what it likes or loathes.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • the nurse we’ve got in is a perfect idiot, he loathes her.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Whenever I sat, it would crouch beneath my chair, or spring upon my knees, covering me with its loathsome caresses.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat

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  • Cray would have been disliked, anyway, because of the uniform he wore, but it was his habit of luring starving young women into his bed for money that made him an object of loathing in the district.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • That would have been a superb idea if I had overlooked the fact that I loathe spaghetti.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • That is what happens to those who pluck and eat fruits at the wrong time and in the wrong way. The fruit is good, but they loathe it ever after.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • Ares regarded me with loathing,
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • you are living in this filth which you loathe so,
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • BIFF [still on the floor in front of LINDA, the flowers in his hand; with self-loathing]:
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • Gryffindor and Slytherin students loathed each other on principle.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • had flung two or three coils of its loathsome body round the Prince’s legs.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • Desire urges us to possess, to go to something; loathing urges us to abandon, to go from something.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Would it teach him to loathe his own soul?
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • He is not as tall as my memories, but is still loathsome.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • Think of their loathsome joy, of the delight they would have in dragging you down,
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • I loathed the army.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • I loathe all sorts of ugliness.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • Dr. Finch coached his niece to the tune of Jem’s record player: "Nothing to it . like chess . just concentrate . no,no,no, tuck in your butt . you’re not playing tackle . loathe ballroom dancing . too much like work . don’t try to lead me . when he steps on your foot it’s your own fault for not moving it . don’t look down . don’t,don’t,don’t . now you’ve got it . basic, so don’t try anything fancy."
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • My loathing of the Empire.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • "Do you know how much women loathe it when guys think every show of negative emotion is tied to our menstrual cycle, like we’re sheep or something?"
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • I felt a burst of intense guilt, self-loathing.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "I was figuring I could sulk for Idris in the next Olympics," Jace said, but his voice was already softening, the edge of hard self-loathing filed away, wryness and amusement taking its place.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • But he loathed the man, and wanted him dead.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Those two events are kinda like the bookends of what my life has become: making the music, which I like, and talking about making the music, which I loathe.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I’m not the only recruit who loathes Reznik.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • She didn’t glance at him, because besides loathing him and finding his face weak and his eyes shifty, besides being sure she’d never need to see that wretched face again, she had work to do.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Although I loathed DeSimon, I was glad to be kept semibusy five days a week, and ecstatic at the freedom of movement I had driving the electric shop van around the prison grounds.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • When I pulled into the parking lot, I once again saw that loathsome truck, with its flags, stickers, and menacing gun rack.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I was walking quite slowly, as I was loathing the thought of the three of us together, her so near to him in my presence, and the doctor actually caught up with me before I reached the infirmary.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • He hadn’t expected her to throw her arms around him, but nothing could’ve prepared him for the look of pure loathing in her eyes.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Having loathed the too-small foot for four years, she swore to never put the piece of junk back on again.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • First I save you from being eaten by some vampires in Owosso, then you seem to have survived my daughter’s paincakes and finally that police officer saves you from the feared and loathsome labor organizers of Detroit!
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  Bud, Not Buddy
  • Only that he loathes school and wishes to come home.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • She hated to wash her face, she loathed the area behind her ears, she was sick of combing her hair and did so as little as possible.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • "May we go now?" asked the dog, whose sensitive nose had picked up a loathsome, evil smell that grew stronger every second.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • It made me want to say something nice about the loathsome Hattie and Olive.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • No, it was not anger, it was loathing; it was hatred, sheer and unadulterated, and as she became lost in hatred she also began to be lost in IT.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Sam Westing plotted against the person he held responsible for his daughter’s suicide, the person who forced Violet Westing to marry a man she loathed."
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • But Nazi dogma grouped Jews as one, as the loathed enemy of the Aryans.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • By the time Caroline rolled up next to me and pushed the passenger door open about two miles from home, I’d reached an entirely new level of self-loathing.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Bod looked up at the city, and was horrified: an emotion engulfed him that mingled repulsion and fear, disgust and loathing, all tinged with shock.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • More often than not they turned away without answering; one man spit on the ground, his face twisted with loathing.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I like being loathed.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
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