Origin of loathsomeMiddle English lothsum
An example of something that would be described as loathsome is an offensive philosophy such as racism or bigotry.
Origin of loathsomeMiddle English lothsome loth hateful ; see loath . -som adj. suff. ; see -some 1.
(comparative more loathsome, superlative most loathsome)
- Nouns to which "loathsome" is often applied: disease, creature, thing, person, man, woman, dungeon, place, world, smell, act.
From Middle English lothsum, as if loath +"Ž -some.
- She frequently walks a dog, a loathsome animal who fails to warm to my affection.
- Both suffered severely from the insufficient and loathsome food, and Mertz collapsed on Jan.
- To the end they are "nefandissimi," execrable, loathsome, filthy.
- Conspicuous in it is the loathsome bandicoot (Nesocia bandicota), which sometimes tribe.
- He has left an odious picture of himself in the historians - a man untouched by benefits or natural affection, delighting in deeds of blood, his body as loathsome in its blown corpulence as his soul.