loath vs loathe : Common Errors in English

About loath vs loathe

“Loath” is a rather formal adjective meaning reluctant and rhymes with “both,” whereas “loathe” is a common verb meaning to dislike intensely, and rhymes with “clothe.” Kenji is loath to go to the conference at Kilauea because he loathes volcanos.

loath Meaning(s)

  • (s) unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom
  • (s) (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed

loathe Meaning(s)

  • (v) find repugnant

loath in News

  1. Will Obama reconsider arming Syrian rebels? This week could be key.

    President Obama has long been loath to arm Syrian rebels, worried that the weapons could fall into extremists' hands. But with the rebels faltering, he could reconsider.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  2. Short stories on summer reading list

    Short stories are like Brussels sprouts, says Mark LaFramboise, head buyer for Washington's Politics and Prose bookstore: After you've disliked one, you're loath to try another. Yet "at the moment, we're rich with a lot of really talented short-story writers, so it's a good reason to explore the realm.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

  3. Return of the liberal-tarians

    But prospects for any bill look dim, as congressional leaders seem loath to curb the NSA's power.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Politico

loathe in News

  1. NTSB Chair Hersman Addresses The Wings Club Of New York

    'Love Us Or Loathe Us, Commercial Aviation Needs Us' NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman addressed the Wings Club of New York Thursday, in a speech that highlighted many of the board's activities promoting aviation safety.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Aero-News Network

  2. Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.14.13)

    "Love us or loathe us, commercial aviation needs us." Source: NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Aero-News Network

  3. Why Funds Returned to Apollo Group Stock

    Shareholders in for-profit colleges loathe last year?s Congressional report on the industry, which collected and affirmed a rash of damning criticism that sent revenues and share prices tumbling. But the report contained one very heartening conclusion for the industry: for-profit colleges, it said, will continue to be an important part of the American education system. For certain value ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Forbes

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