- 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
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despise. See hate.
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Examples from the Web for abhors
The science of air crash investigation – and it is a very mature science – abhors mystery.MH370 Debris Is Lost Forever, Can the Plane Be Found Without It?
September 7, 2014
Bauer is aware that current momentum is pointing towards the one-state solution, an outcome he abhors.Accusing Each Other Of Genocide
March 5, 2013
Small said the State Department abhors the violence attributed to Boko Haram.Nigeria’s Most Sadistic Killers: Why Is Boko Haram Not Designated a Terrorist Group?
October 16, 2012
And so the critique smacks of the same tribal hypocrisy he abhors.Diaspora's Splendor
August 30, 2012
Meanwhile, it is well known that Hollande abhors just this sort of spotlight.France’s Valerie Trierweiler Tweets Against Segolene Royal
June 12, 2012
But to think of living with and living for a man one abhors, what a sad thing is that!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
If he has sometimes worked wrong by us, he has been driven to do that which in his soul he abhors.The Scapegoat
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
Even Cobbett, who abhors the dash, permits it to be used for this purpose."Stops"</p>
- (tr) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject
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 abhors
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