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[ ab-hawr-uhnt, -hor- ]


  1. causing repugnance; detestable; loathsome:

    an abhorrent deed.

    Synonyms: abominable, shocking

  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.


/ əbˈhɒrənt /


  1. repugnant; loathsome
  2. whenpostpositive, foll by of feeling extreme aversion or loathing (for)

    abhorrent of vulgarity

  3. usuallypostpositive and foll by to conflicting (with)

    abhorrent to common sense

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Derived Forms

  • abˈhorrently, adverb

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Other Words From

  • ab·horrent·ly adverb
  • unab·horrent·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of abhorrent1

First recorded in 1610–20, abhorrent is from the Latin word abhorrent- (stem of abhorrēns, present participle of abhorrēre ). See abhor, -ent

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Example Sentences

Most of the media coverage and popular debate around Rowling framed her views as abhorrent.

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I was reminded of that revelation while reading about last week’s abhorrent Capitol Hill riots.

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His constant and divisive rhetoric led to the abhorrent actions we saw today.

The formula for deciding how many electors to assign to each state was especially problematic because it replicated the abhorrent three-fifths compromise used to distribute seats in the House.

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At a time when many in our community require services to make it through an isolating pandemic, attempting to grant providers a license to discriminate is abhorrent.

But one description was abhorrent on a level far above politics: “Aspergery.”

To be clear, what Peterson (allegedly) did is abhorrent and almost beyond comprehension.

In that interview, Paul made it a point to frequently note how he finds discrimination “abhorrent.”

But I have never met someone who actually confronts people for their abhorrent behavior after the workplace bullying is over.

Still, the whole thing is so abhorrent that hardly anyone is waiting for the tape to be verified.

"I cannot tell you, Fina," said Leam, to whom falsehoods were abhorrent and the truth impossible.

But to Bierce's mind, "noble and nude and antique," this mid-Victorian draping and bedecking of "unpleasant truths" was abhorrent.

Because it is a law abhorrent to the moral and religious sentiments of a vast majority of the community called upon to enforce it.

Yet, in some indescribable way, she reminded him of Nancy, and the notion was so grotesque and abhorrent that he shuddered.

But let us do justice to those who shun such abhorrent spectacles, and who cannot endure to look upon an execution.


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