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abhor

[ab-hawr]
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verb (used with object), ab·horred, ab·hor·ring.
  1. 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
Related formsab·hor·rer, nounsu·per·ab·hor, verb (used with object), su·per·ab·horred, su·per·ab·hor·ring.un·ab·horred, adjective

Synonyms

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despise. See hate.

Antonyms

love, admire.
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Historical Examples

  • At last, the vigor and courage of one Stowel of Exeter, an abhorrer, put an end to the practice.

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F.

    David Hume


British Dictionary definitions for abhorrer

abhor

verb -hors, -horring or -horred
  1. (tr) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject
Derived Formsabhorrer, noun

Word Origin

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 abhorrer

abhor

v.

mid-15c., from Latin abhorrere "shrink back from, have an aversion for, shudder at," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + horrere "tremble at, shudder," literally "to bristle, be shaggy," from PIE *ghers- "start out, stand out, rise to a point, bristle" (see horror). Related: Abhorred; abhorring.

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