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[ab-hawr-uhns, -hor-]
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  1. a feeling of extreme repugnance or aversion; utter loathing; abomination.
  2. something or someone extremely repugnant or loathsome.
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Origin of abhorrence

First recorded in 1650–60; abhorr(ent) + -ence
Related formsself-ab·hor·rence, noun

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Related Words for abhorrence

odium, repugnance, enmity, hate, horror, malice, detestation, hatred, loathing, revulsion

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Contemporary Examples of abhorrence

Historical Examples of abhorrence

  • There was accusation, denunciation, abhorrence in the cashier's gaze.


    W. A. Fraser

  • They formed my character, and filled me with an abhorrence of evil-doers.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • He took it and cast it back to me in abhorrence and contempt, with all the strength he could muster.

  • And Plato might also have found that the intuition of evil may be consistent with the abhorrence of it.

  • Every ragged Moor in the streets greeted them with exclamations of menace and abhorrence.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for abhorrence


  1. a feeling of extreme loathing or aversion
  2. a person or thing that is loathsome
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Word Origin and History for abhorrence


1650s; see abhorrent + -ence.

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