loath

[ lohth, lohth ]

Part of Speech

adjective

Definition

unwilling; reluctant; disinclined; averse

Origin + Etymology

from lāth ‘hostile, spiteful’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch leed, German Leid ‘sorrow’

Synonyms

  • afraid
  • hesitant
  • reluctant
  • unwilling

Antonyms

  • eager
  • ready
  • willing

Example

He was loath to admit he made a mistake.

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