[ab-hawr-uhnt, -hor-]


causing repugnance; detestable; loathsome: an abhorrent deed.
utterly opposed, or contrary, or in conflict (usually followed by to): abhorrent to reason.
feeling extreme repugnance or aversion (usually followed by of): abhorrent of waste.
remote in character (usually followed by from): abhorrent from the principles of law.

Origin of abhorrent

First recorded in 1610–20, abhorrent is from the Latin word abhorrent- (stem of abhorrēns, present participle of abhorrēre). See abhor, -ent
Related formsab·hor·rent·ly, adverbun·ab·hor·rent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedaberrant abhorrent

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repugnant; loathsome
(when postpositive, foll by of) feeling extreme aversion or loathing (for)abhorrent of vulgarity
(usually postpositive and foll by to) conflicting (with)abhorrent to common sense
Derived Formsabhorrently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for abhorrent

1610s, "in a position or condition to recoil," usually with from; from Latin abhorentem (nominative abhorrens), present participle of abhorrere; see abhor. Meaning "repugnant" is from 1650s. Earlier was abhorrable (late 15c.).

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