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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
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.
This was explained as a humane intervention to prevent cruelty to animals, but was widely seen as a sop to the BJP’s conservative north Indian Hindu base, which abhors the slaughter of cows.
The bromide that politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum, is certainly true in New Orleans.
In Poland, the drill involved busing in a friendly crowd to cheer at Trump's campaign-style lines embedded in a major foreign policy speech, countering ideas that Europe abhors the new US President.
The July 4 week was a quiet one in Washington, but the news business abhors a vacuum.
In the North, where state linguists abhor foreign terminology, athletes use Korean translations not readily understandable to South Korean players.
And history shows that the global system, like nature, abhors a vacuum.
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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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