loath and loathe - the difference
Writers occasionally confuse loath and loathe. Their meanings are related as they both relate to not liking something.
LoatheLoathe 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.
- 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.
LoathLoath is an adjective meaning unwilling.
- 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)
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