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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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Examples from the Web for abhors

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  • But to think of living with and living for a man one abhors, what a sad thing is that!

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • If he has sometimes worked wrong by us, he has been driven to do that which in his soul he abhors.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • An enemy to spasms in every form, he abhors the Spasmodic School of Poets.

  • Thus the Gael abhors the very roads that lead to a plague-struck dwelling.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • Even Cobbett, who abhors the dash, permits it to be used for this purpose.

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    Paul Allardyce


British Dictionary definitions for abhors

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for abhors

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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