[ab-hawr-uhns, -hor-]


a feeling of extreme repugnance or aversion; utter loathing; abomination.
something or someone extremely repugnant or loathsome.

Origin of abhorrence

First recorded in 1650–60; abhorr(ent) + -ence
Related formsself-ab·hor·rence, noun

Synonyms for abhorrence

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Contemporary Examples of self-abhorrence

Historical Examples of self-abhorrence

  • They looked inward with a self-abhorrence now inseparable from their existence.

    French Classics

    William Cleaver Wilkinson

  • To say that poor Ebony was filled with horror, as well as shame and self-abhorrence, is but a feeble statement.

    The Fugitives

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • They looked inward with a self-abhorrence, now inseparable from their existence.

    Classic French Course in English

    William Cleaver Wilkinson

  • He was aghast at himself and too full of self-abhorrence to do more than fight blindly away from what he could not but see.

    Father Stafford

    Anthony Hope

British Dictionary definitions for self-abhorrence



a feeling of extreme loathing or aversion
a person or thing that is loathsome
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Word Origin and History for self-abhorrence



1650s; see abhorrent + -ence.

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