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abhor

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verb ab·hor \əb-ˈhȯr, ab-\

Simple Definition of abhor

  • : to dislike (someone or something) very much

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of abhor

abhorred

abhorring

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to regard with extreme repugnance :  loathe

abhorrer

play \-ˈhȯr-ər\ noun

Examples of abhor in a sentence

  1. We believe we know that Americans abhor extremes and mistrust ideology. —David Frum, Atlantic, March 1995

  2. I abhor latter-day, modishly camp take-offs of my cherished boyhood heroes and heroines (Little Orphan Annie, Wonder Woman, Invisible Scarlet O'Neil). —Mordecai Richler, New York Times Book Review, 3 May 1987

  3. He abhorred grandiosity. When he came to New York to revise his manuscripts and galley proofs, he would hole up in a little cubicle on the attic floor of the old 52nd Street mansion that went by the name of Random House. —Norman Cousins, Saturday Review, April 1981

  4. <abhors the way people leave their trash at the picnic sites in the park>



Origin and Etymology of abhor

Middle English abhorren, from Latin abhorrēre, from ab- + horrēre to shudder — more at horror


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of abhor

hate, detest, abhor, abominate, loathe mean to feel strong aversion or intense dislike for. hate implies an emotional aversion often coupled with enmity or malice <hated the enemy with a passion>. detest suggests violent antipathy <detests cowards>. abhor implies a deep often shuddering repugnance <a crime abhorred by all>. abominate suggests strong detestation and often moral condemnation <abominates all forms of violence>. loathe implies utter disgust and intolerance <loathed the mere sight of them>.

ABHOR Defined for Kids

abhor

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verb ab·hor \ab-ˈhȯr\

Definition of abhor for Students

abhorred

abhorring

  1. :  to dislike very much :  loathe <He abhorred the idea of eating live worms … — Brian Jacques, Redwall>





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