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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.
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Origin of abhor

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin abhorrēre to shrink back from, shudder at, equivalent to ab- ab- + horrēre to bristle, tremble
Related formsab·hor·rer, nounsu·per·ab·hor, verb (used with object), su·per·ab·horred, su·per·ab·hor·ring.un·ab·horred, adjective

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Related Words for abhorring

scorn, despise, detest, hate, loathe, abominate

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Historical Examples of abhorring

  • In these sentiments I grew, hated and abhorring, despising and contemned.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • There are few Cameros, men of clear judgment, and abhorring to write.

  • Yet God has even cast off His altar, abhorring His very sanctuary.

  • His active mind, abhorring idleness, was soon at work again.

    The "Blackwood" Group

    Sir George Douglas

  • I was not a stranger to the science of the ring, while abhorring prize-fighting.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills

    Edwin Carlile Litsey

British Dictionary definitions for abhorring


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

Word Origin for abhor

C15: from Latin abhorrēre to shudder at, shrink from, from ab- away from + horrēre to bristle, shudder
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Word Origin and History for abhorring



mid-15c., from Latin abhorrere "shrink back from, have an aversion for, shudder at," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + horrere "tremble at, shudder," literally "to bristle, be shaggy," from PIE *ghers- "start out, stand out, rise to a point, bristle" (see horror). Related: Abhorred; abhorring.

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