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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Loath \Loath\ (l[=o]th), a. [OE. looth, loth, AS. l[=a][eth]
hostile, odious; akin to OS. l[=a][eth], G. leid, Icel.
lei[eth]r, Sw. led, G. leiden to suffer, OHG. l[imac]dan to
suffer, go, cf. AS. l[imac][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.
Why, then, though loath, yet must I be content.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom; "a
reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake" [syn:
loath, 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)]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
23 Moby Thesaurus words for "loath":
afraid, apathetic, averse, backward, balking, balky, dilatory,
disinclined, grudging, hesitant, indifferent, indisposed, laggard,
perfunctory, reluctant, renitent, restive, slow, slow to, uneager,
unenthusiastic, unwilling, unzealous
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