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loath


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Loath  \Loath\  (l[=o]th),  a.  [OE.  looth,  loth,  AS  l[=a]? 
  hostile,  odious;  akin  to  OS  l[=a][eth],  G.  leid,  Icel. 
  lei[eth]r,  Sw  led,  G.  leiden  to  suffer,  OHG.  l[=i]dan  to 
  suffer,  go  cf  AS  l[=i][eth]an  to  go  Goth.  leipan,  and  E. 
  lead  to  guide.] 
  1.  Hateful;  odious;  disliked.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  Filled  with  disgust  or  aversion;  averse;  unwilling; 
  reluctant;  as  loath  to  part 
 
  Full  loth  were  him  to  curse  for  his  tithes. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  Why,  then,  though  loath,  yet  must  I  be  content. 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  loath 
  adj  1:  unwillingness  to  do  something  contrary  to  your  custom;  "a 
  reluctant  smile";  "loath  to  admit  a  mistake"; 
  "unwilling  to  face  facts"  [syn:  {loth},  {reluctant}] 
  2:  (usually  followed  by  `to')  strongly  opposed;  "antipathetic 
  to  new  ideas";  "averse  to  taking  risks";  "loath  to  go  on 
  such  short  notice";  "clearly  indisposed  to  grant  their 
  request"  [syn:  {antipathetic},  {antipathetical},  {averse(p)}, 
  {indisposed(p)},  {loath(p)},  {loth(p)}] 




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