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 (lōth′lē, lōth′-)

[Middle English lothly, from Old English lāthlīc : lāth, hateful + -līc, like; see -ly1.]


with reluctance; unwillingly


an archaic word for loathsome


(ˈloʊθ li, ˈloʊð-)

reluctantly; unwillingly.


(ˈloʊð li, ˈloʊθ-)

adj. Archaic.
loathsome; hideous; repulsive.
[before 900; Middle English lothlic(e), Old English lāthlīc. See loath, -ly (adj. suffix)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.loathly - highly offensiveloathly - highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench"
offensive - unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors"


adj(sehr) ungern or widerwillig
References in classic literature ?
Then perhaps canst tell me the name of a great loathly lump of a brother wi' freckled face an' a hand like a spade.
Why, you had scarce gone ere this loathly John came running back again, and, when I oped mouth to reproach him, he asked me whether it was indeed likely that a man of prayer would leave his own godly raiment in order to take a layman's jerkin.
Every article of furniture, from the chairs that came into the world with me and have worn so much better, though I was new and they were second-hand, to the mantle-border of fashionable design which she sewed in her seventieth year, having picked up the stitch in half a lesson, has its story of fight and attainment for her, hence her satisfaction; but she sighs at sight of her son, dipping and tearing, and chewing the loathly pen.
For if you have not, you shall come back from loathly Hades and live with me and your father, the dark-clouded Son of Cronos and be honoured by all the deathless gods; but if you have tasted food, you must go back again beneath the secret places of the earth, there to dwell a third part of the seasons every year: yet for the two parts you shall be with me and the other deathless gods.
I sighed, following the sartorial train of thought, even to the loathly arrows that had decorated my person once already for a little aeon.
Ragnall, one of the many archetypes of the sovereignty, bestowing goddess of the land, appears as a hideous, loathly lady who tricks Arthur into promising her the person of Sir Gawain in marriage in return for a favor.
The earliest appearance of the loathly lady motif comes in the figure of the Irish Sovranty Hag, an imbroglio of cultural ideas about political power contestation, in which gender roles are loosened, dissolved, and resolved.
The place of women's literature on the side of magic allots them with many shapes (Saunders 2007: 39-40), either as witches, such as Morgan Le Fay, monsters, such as Melusine from the Romans of Partenay de Lusingen, eerie lovers like the fairy Tryamour of Sir Launfal, (11) or shape-shifting loathly ladies such as Dame Ragnelle.
John Lawson (author); THE LOATHLY LADY; Dragonwell Publishing (Fiction: Fantasy) 17.
The gallery becomes a spectacle that is moral as well as magical, tied to similar cases like the Green Knight's beheading in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the loathly lady's transformation in the Wife of Bath's Tale.
As with the book's first half, a primary story illustrates the archetype, bolstered by additional tales and analysis; thus the seductress, the woman who chooses her own lover(s), is primarily illustrated by Aphrodite and Freya, but also by the Loathly Lady.
When Duessa is disrobed and shamed at the end of Book I, Canto VIII, her physical appearance is described as nothing less than monstrous: "her misshaped parts did them appall/A loathly, wrinckled hag, ill favoured, old, / Whose secret filth good manners biddeth not be told.