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On this Economist article, the journalist uses the word loth in the following sentence:

(...) they are loth to do this.

Checking the definition online I found: adj. unwilling; reluctant

I get the meaning completely.

  • But is this a formal, obscure word?
  • Is it used orally (outside of academic or formal circles)?
  • What is the tone that it expresses?

I have never come across it and was curious to understand.

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    It's just another spelling of loath. It's not even marked archaic. – Gnawme Sep 26 '16 at 17:07
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    Not to be confused with loathe, which is a verb. – TonyK Sep 26 '16 at 19:14
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Loth is just another spelling of loath. It's not even marked archaic in my dictionaries.

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