Angela’s ABCs words sometimes confused: loathe and loath
One letter makes all the difference
Loathe (rhymes with clothe) is a verb meaning to dislike intensely, to detest or to hate
- She enjoyed eating most fruits, but she loathed pineapple; even the smell made her feel sick.
- His strictly austere Presbyterian family brought him up to loathe Catholics because of their ritual and finery.
Loath (rhymes with both) is an adjective meaning unwilling or reluctant
- The water was calm, but so bitterly cold that he was loath to jump in.
- Her boss’s reputation for sexual harassment was so well known that she was loath to enter his office alone.