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Examples of abhor in a Sentence
- We believe we know that Americans abhor extremes and mistrust ideology. —David Frum, Atlantic, March 1995
- 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
- 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
abhors the way people leave their trash at the picnic sites in the park
Recent Examples of abhor from the Web
Veblen would have likely abhorred and admired the audacity of selling the iPhone X at the exact same time as the iPhones 8 and 8 Plus, for a wildly different price.
For someone who made his monster on the parts plucked from the back of LPs, Becker sure abhorred obvious credits.
Liberals abhor the likes of Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, and the late Antonin Scalia while conservatives view Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan with utter disdain.
Nature is not the only thing that abhors a vacuum
The Republican Party generally abhors anything that smacks of identity politics when the identities aren’t white and male, and that would include initiatives such as RWFP that strive to help a particular demographic get a leg up.
For some reason, these people abhor the idea of letting the performers the market values most receive the most compensation even though that conceit governs nearly every industry in this country.
Retail abhors a vacuum, and the sparkling water category has risen as soda sales have slumped.
Meanwhile, their mother abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn't want to take on the work of raising a family.
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The Horror in abhor
Abhor means “to loathe” or “to hate,” and while loathe and hate have roots in Old English, abhor derives from Latin. The roots of abhor can give us a deeper understanding of both the strength of the dislike expressed by the word and its relationship to other words in English. It came from the Latin word abhorrēre, which meant “to recoil from” or “to be repugnant to,” and was formed by combining ab-, meaning “from” and horrēre, meaning “to bristle,” “to tremble,” or “to shudder.” This word for trembling or shuddering in reaction to something scary or awful is related to the word that names of the cause of those reactions—the Latin word horror, which was later borrowed into English. The -hor of abhor is also the hor- of horror.
Synonymshate, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, loathe
Related Wordsdeplore, deprecate, disapprove (of), discountenance, disdain, disfavor, scorn
Near Antonymsdesire, fancy, favor, like, prefer; enjoy, relish; admire, adore, approve (of), esteem, hallow, idolize, revere, venerate, worship; cherish, prize, treasure
Synonym Discussion of abhor
- hated the enemy with a passion
- detests cowards
- a crime abhorred by all
- abominates all forms of violence
- loathed the mere sight of them
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