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[ab-hawr-uh ns, -hor-] /æbˈhɔr əns, -ˈhɒr-/
a feeling of extreme repugnance or aversion; utter loathing; abomination.
something or someone extremely repugnant or loathsome.
Origin of abhorrence
First recorded in 1650-60; abhorr(ent) + -ence
Related forms
self-abhorrence, noun
1. execration, detestation. Unabridged
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  • There was accusation, denunciation, abhorrence in the cashier's gaze.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • They formed my character, and filled me with an abhorrence of evil-doers.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He took it and cast it back to me in abhorrence and contempt, with all the strength he could muster.

  • And Plato might also have found that the intuition of evil may be consistent with the abhorrence of it.

    The Republic Plato
  • Every ragged Moor in the streets greeted them with exclamations of menace and abhorrence.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • With a passionate gesture of abhorrence he swung towards the door.

  • They became the abhorrence of traitors whose crimes they thwarted.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • And in his abhorrence he said to himself, "I'll kill him when I get home."

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • I refrained from expressing my abhorrence of that licentious doctrine because of my curiosity.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for abhorrence


a feeling of extreme loathing or aversion
a person or thing that is loathsome
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Word Origin and History for abhorrence

1650s; see abhorrent + -ence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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