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verb (used with object),ab·horred, ab·hor·ring.
  1. to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.

Origin of abhor

First recorded before 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin abhorrēre “to shrink back from, shudder at,” equivalent to ab-ab- + horrēre “to bristle, tremble”

synonym study For abhor

See hate.

Other words for abhor

Opposites for abhor

Other words from abhor

  • ab·hor·rer, noun
  • su·per·ab·hor, verb (used with object), su·per·ab·horred, su·per·ab·hor·ring.

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How to use abhor in a sentence

  • He was a man of ‘great honesty,’ abhorring any deceit in the art he loved and studied.

    Witch, Warlock, and Magician | William Henry Davenport Adams
  • Abhorring equally the toil and the degradation, he deemed it a duty to prevent such a fall, and put his hope in his uncle.

    Magnum Bonum | Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The Buckle had been Ronald's fairy godmother—yet his father did not blame him for abhorring and disowning it.

    Tales Of Men And Ghosts | Edith Wharton
  • It is common to regard them in no other light than as a severe, somber, and pleasure-abhorring generation.

  • Both were unquiet spirits in the regiment, abhorring the monotony of drill and stables, and insatiable for leave.

    Bluebell | Mrs. George Croft Huddleston

British Dictionary definitions for abhor


/ (əbˈhɔː) /

verb-hors, -horring or -horred
  1. (tr) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject

Origin of abhor

C15: from Latin abhorrēre to shudder at, shrink from, from ab- away from + horrēre to bristle, shudder

Derived forms of abhor

  • abhorrer, noun

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