abhor

[ ab-hawr ]
/ æbˈhɔr /

verb (used with object), ab·horred, ab·hor·ring.

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 forms

ab·hor·rer, nounsu·per·ab·hor, verb (used with object), su·per·ab·horred, su·per·ab·hor·ring.un·ab·horred, adjective
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abhor

/ (əbˈhɔː) /

verb -hors, -horring or -horred

(tr) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject

Derived Forms

abhorrer, noun

Word Origin for abhor

C15: from Latin abhorrēre to shudder at, shrink from, from ab- away from + horrēre to bristle, shudder
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