- 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 abhor
I rarely mention Hamas without saying that I abhor its values.What Shmuley Boteach Doesn't Understand
June 14, 2013
Liberals are supposed to abhor that sort of thing and find less loaded terms where they can.‘Neoconservative’ Needs to Be Retired. Why Not Try ‘Imperialist’?
June 5, 2013
I abhor the Hamas charter with its anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist, anti-Western, anti-democratic call for a Judenrein Palestine.Sheltered In Jerusalem
November 17, 2012
They claim worshipping at graves and shrines is un-Islamic and idolatrous and abhor the Sufi use of music and dance.Ultraconservative Salafists Destroy Sufi Landmarks in Libya
September 4, 2012
With the Kadima coalition, Netanyahu could successfully support an agreement his right wing supporters might abhor.Come Clean, Mr. Prime Minister
June 1, 2012
It is only for being what is called by that name that I abhor him.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I should abhor these clandestine correspondences, were they not forced upon me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I did abhor those that were in the plot and conspiracy against the King.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
For how can they who commit crimes be in good amity with those that abhor them?
Is there one among us who approves of the treachery you abhor?'
- (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 abhor
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