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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

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Related Words for abhorred

scorn, despise, detest, hate, loathe, abominate

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Contemporary Examples of abhorred

Historical Examples of abhorred

  • It was monstrous, he abhorred it, but could no more resist it than the hasheesh eater his drug.


    James Huneker

  • Cigarettes he abhorred, therefore Tekla allowed her favorites to use them.


    James Huneker

  • She abhorred the "equivoque" of her life, but could not overcome it.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • To say that he abhorred Greek ideals is to say that the shepherd abhors the wolf.


    Beatrice Fortescue

  • If such a man can not be loved, he can not be abhorred or despised.

British Dictionary definitions for abhorred


verb -hors, -horring or -horred
  1. (tr) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject
Derived Formsabhorrer, 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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Word Origin and History for abhorred



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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