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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He is a loathsome disgusting creature.
▪ And it is a loathsome term, I detest it.
▪ But for the moment she resolved that she would not think of the loathsome interview again until she was in Prague.
▪ Historians have since described and explained how torture was a loathsome, almost automatic feature of colonial wars.
▪ I was damned if some nineteen-year-old pipsqueak with zits and a clip-on tie was going to make me feel loathsome.
▪ Murphy's final year had come to an end and the loathsome boy remained without employment.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Loathsome \Loath"some\, a. Fitted to cause loathing; exciting disgust; disgusting; as, a loathsome disease.

The most loathsome and deadly forms of infection.
--Macaulay. -- Loath"some*ly. adv. -- Loath"some*ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "foul, detestable," from loath in its older, stronger sense + -some (1). Related: Loathsomely; loathsomeness.


a. highly offensive; sickening, abominable

  1. adj. causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench" [syn: nauseating, nauseous, noisome, offensive, sickening, vile]

  2. highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench" [syn: disgusting, disgustful, distasteful, foul, loathly, repellent, repellant, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky]

Usage examples of "loathsome".

He was a loathsome, gorilla-like thing, with abnormally long arms which I could not help calling fore legs, and a face that conjured up thoughts of unspeakable Congo secrets and tom-tom poundings under an eerie moon.

Its leaves, when bruised, emit a strong smell like that of carrion, which is very loathsome.

To add insult to injury, a gross, loathsome creature, whose only accomplishments consist of wine-swilling and buggery, sends me a so-called war herald.

You are filthy of person and of habit, loathsome in appearance and character, cloacal in your proclivities.

The poor girl was so fearfully covered with the loathsome eruption, that on the sixth day her skin could not be seen on any part of her body.

The drab robe curdled into a loathsome purple hide that squirmed with life.

I began to glimpse evanescent shadow-faces and forms in the dim corners of the halls and chambers - faces and forms so hideous and loathsome that I dare not describe them.

I could apply myself with gusto to mathematics, a subject loathsome to me at any other time of the day.

English wood, had been suddenly stricken aghast by the presence of the slimy and loathsome terror of the ichthyosaurus, the original of the stories of the awful worms killed by valourous knights, or had seen the sun darkened by the pterodactyl, the dragon of tradition.

He took a long measure of gin, the cheap jackey burning his throat, but the spirits did nothing to ease the loathsome shuddering in his mind.

He knew, indeed, that he felt instead a kind of hate--the wretched kind of hatred that comes from intolerable pity without love, from suffering and disgust, from the agony of heart and brain and nerves, the poisonous and morbid infection of our own lives, which a man dying of a loathsome disease awakes in us, and from the self- hate, the self-loathing that it makes us feel because of our terrible desire to escape him, to desert him, to blot out the horrible memory we have for him, utterly to forget him.

At his feet lay a pile of stinking philia, and Borenson could see more loathsome pieces of flesh hanging like talismans of doom from the castle walls.

Their stench, their loathsome touchit was like being at the bottom of a mass grave, but all the corpses moved.

Marsh Gate was the nearest way out of the great and glamorous city that was now loathsome to them, a city of beloved, unfaceable ghosts--indeed, not to be endured for one more stabbing, leaden heartbeat than was necessary.

There were witchetty grubs, fat and white and loathsome, wood lice and slugs, huge centipedes and spiders.