- to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.
Origin of abhor
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin abhorrēre to shrink back from, shudder at, equivalent to ab- ab- + horrēre to bristle, tremble
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despise. See hate.
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Examples from the Web for abhorred
The big houses were the homes of the Anglo-Irish, the abhorred British ruling class, that dominated the landscape.Book Bag: The Best Imaginary Castles
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But unlike his father, who abhorred politics, Baraka has spent most of his life in the political realm.The Leak of a Mysterious Video Could Change the Outcome of Newark’s Mayor’s Race
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May 5, 2014
He required others to open doors for him because he so abhorred touching the knobs or other metal objects.We Already Know What Adam Lanza’s Real Motive Was at Sandy Hook
November 26, 2013
So over the years, the saga of James Gatz has been appropriated by the victors into a celebration of the very excess it abhorred.The Great Gatsby, Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Is a Relentless Assault on the Senses
May 8, 2013
Though the president disliked the KKK and abhorred lynching, he took no effective steps to counter these horrors.Does Calvin Coolidge Deserve a Reassessment?
February 15, 2013
It was monstrous, he abhorred it, but could no more resist it than the hasheesh eater his drug.
Cigarettes he abhorred, therefore Tekla allowed her favorites to use them.
She abhorred the "equivoque" of her life, but could not overcome it.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
To say that he abhorred Greek ideals is to say that the shepherd abhors the wolf.Holbein
If such a man can not be loved, he can not be abhorred or despised.
- (tr) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject
C15: from Latin abhorrēre to shudder at, shrink from, from ab- away from + horrēre to bristle, shudder
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Word Origin and History for abhorred
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