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abhorrent

[ab-hawr-uhnt, -hor-]
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  1. causing repugnance; detestable; loathsome: an abhorrent deed.
  2. utterly opposed, or contrary, or in conflict (usually followed by to): abhorrent to reason.
  3. feeling extreme repugnance or aversion (usually followed by of): abhorrent of waste.
  4. remote in character (usually followed by from): abhorrent from the principles of law.
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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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Related Words for abhorrent

despicable, repulsive, loathsome, detestable, execrable, offensive, revolting

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British Dictionary definitions for abhorrent

abhorrent

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

adj.

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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