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.
- To the end they are "nefandissimi," execrable, loathsome, filthy.
- Both suffered severely from the insufficient and loathsome food, and Mertz collapsed on Jan.
- On the day of public procession - the last took place in 1857 or 1858 - naked priests and " wives" escorted the company with songs and dances; death was the penalty of those caught peering from their houses, and, apart from this, the natives feared loathsome diseases should they gaze upon the sacred scene.
- Conspicuous in it is the loathsome bandicoot (Nesocia bandicota), which sometimes tribe.