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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 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.


Loath 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

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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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'.
Associated lessons:
What are adjectives?
What are verbs?
List of easily confused words

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