- causing repugnance; detestable; loathsome: an abhorrent deed.
- utterly opposed, or contrary, or in conflict (usually followed by to): abhorrent to reason.
- feeling extreme repugnance or aversion (usually followed by of): abhorrent of waste.
- remote in character (usually followed by from): abhorrent from the principles of law.
Origin of abhorrent
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Examples from the Web for abhorrent
But one description was abhorrent on a level far above politics: “Aspergery.”Yes, ‘Aspergery’ Is a Slur and It's Time to Stop Using It
October 30, 2014
To be clear, what Peterson (allegedly) did is abhorrent and almost beyond comprehension.Adrian Peterson’s ‘Whooping’ and Ray Rice’s Knockout Are Both Domestic Violence
September 13, 2014
In that interview, Paul made it a point to frequently note how he finds discrimination “abhorrent.”Why Blacks Aren't Libertarians
August 11, 2014
But I have never met someone who actually confronts people for their abhorrent behavior after the workplace bullying is over.Should You Confront Your Old Bully?
August 4, 2014
Still, the whole thing is so abhorrent that hardly anyone is waiting for the tape to be verified.As ‘Punishment,’ Clippers Bigot Donald Sterling Could Make $1 Billion
April 28, 2014
To defraud, to cheat, to wrong, had at one time been most abhorrent to her nature.
I am so eager to do well that the mere thought of failing is abhorrent.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
And her behavior, to a man to whom scenes were abhorrent, proved trying in the extreme.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
As it was, his motives were as abhorrent, as his methods were foolish and contemptible.My Bondage and My Freedom
To have done the deed, and yet not to reap the profit, would be too abhorrent a failure.
- repugnant; loathsome
- (when postpositive, foll by of) feeling extreme aversion or loathing (for)abhorrent of vulgarity
- (usually postpositive and foll by to) conflicting (with)abhorrent to common sense
Word Origin and History for abhorrent
1610s, "in a position or condition to recoil," usually with from; from Latin abhorentem (nominative abhorrens), present participle of abhorrere; see abhor. Meaning "repugnant" is from 1650s. Earlier was abhorrable (late 15c.).