[ab-hawr-uh nt, -hor-]
- 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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1. shocking, abominable.
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- 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
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Word Origin and History for abhorrently
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.).
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