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Definition reluctant or unwilling to do something
  • loath to admit a mistake
  • Much as they loath to admit it, there are serious divides splitting the party.
  • Rich dreams now which he was loath[e] to wake from.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • loath = very reluctant
  • DIED IN AUBURN, N.Y., MARCH loth, 1913.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Surely, when God looks about at their successors, He cannot be loath to share His own with us.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • As they got into the car with their heads still damp, their skins fresh and glowing, they were loath to start back.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I did, my lord, but loath am to produce So bad an instrument; his name's Parolles.
    William Shakespeare  --  All's Well That Ends Well
  • Venn was loth to depart, for all on earth that interested him lay under this roof.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • I am loath to tell you what I would you knew.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • The girl has that in her which should make her welcome, in any man's house, and I should be loth to hear she ever came to harm.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Neither of us seemed disposed to resume digging, and when he suggested a meal, I was nothing loath.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Carley walked a little to and fro, loath to go to her tent, though tired.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • 'tis not due yet; I would be loth to pay Him before His day.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • Yet if ever there was a story that Taleswapper was loath to listen to, it was theirs.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • Sometimes there were women, seductive and smiling, aware of his trick, but loath to let him go; sometimes women touched with compassion and tenderness.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • "Deed, I am loath,' returned Rachael, drying her eyes, 'that any here should see me like this; but I won't be seen so again.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • And he was loath to steal anyone's life the way his had been stolen.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • And that, my lord, I shall be loath to do: 'tis an ill office for a gentleman, Especially against his very friend.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • What, then, had become of that deep-rooted shyness of his which had made him loth to eat or drink under a strange roof?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • He was loth to speak and his tale was unclear, but it is beyond all doubt that he went to Mordor, and there all that he knew was forced from him.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring

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