loath and loathe - the difference
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To loathe means to hate.
Loath means unwilling.

Writers occasionally confuse loath and loathe. Their meanings are related as they both relate to not liking something.

Loathe

Loathe is a verb meaning to hate. In fact, many consider it even stronger than to hate.  It can also be translated as to hate intensely.

Examples:

  • She will eat just about anything, but she loathes celery.

  • I loved the Army as an institution and loathed every single thing it required me to do.

Loath

Loath is an adjective meaning unwilling.

Examples:

  • She is loath to join because her friends play for a rival team.

  • Magazines and newspapers are loath to discuss these types of deals publicly.

  • At daybreak, when loathe to rise, have this thought in thy mind: I am rising for a man's work.
  • (should be loath)
Select the correct version:

 

EVEN IN SPEECH

People confuse loathe and loath even when talking. Note:

  • Loathe ends in a soft th sound. It rhymes with betroth.
  • Loath ends in a hard th sound. It rhymes with the oath or both.
 
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