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Word of the Day: loathe


The word loathe has appeared in 69 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 30 in the Opinion essay “How Could I Ever Love Michigan State?” by Jane Coaston:

Hate is, admittedly, a very strong word. I try not to use it in normal conversation. And more important, I try not to hold hate in my heart, even for my enemies.

But when it comes to sports there’s no other real way to express the depth of disdain I have for the rivals of my alma mater, the University of Michigan. I delight in their sports failings, relish their sports pain when they, say, lose to a 15 seed in the NCAA tournament. Hate for a sports rival is like falling in love: It exists beyond reason.

My sports-based hatred for the entity that is Michigan State University is pure but not uncommon. If you are a sports fan, there is likely a team you support — and then another you loathe. Maybe you’re a Liverpool fan and the mere existence of Manchester United drives you insane.

Can you correctly use the word loathe in a sentence?

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