[ ab-hawr-uhnt, -hor- ]
/ æbˈhɔr ənt, -ˈhɒr- /


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

SYNONYMS FOR abhorrent

Related forms

ab·hor·rent·ly, adverbun·ab·hor·rent·ly, adverb

Can be confused

aberrant abhorrent
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British Dictionary definitions for abhorrently


/ (əbˈhɒrənt) /


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 Forms

abhorrently, adverb
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