ab·​hor·​rence əb-ˈhȯr-ən(t)s How to pronounce abhorrence (audio)
: the act or state of abhorring or despising something or someone
a crime regarded with abhorrence
: a feeling of strong repugnance or disgust : loathing
an abhorrence of war
: something regarded as repugnant or disgusting
Slavery is an abhorrence.

Examples of abhorrence in a Sentence

one of the changes in American society that remains a particular abhorrence of social conservatives my firm abhorrence of all forms of hypocrisy
Recent Examples on the Web My reaction to Elon Musk's post was absolute abhorrence. Nbc Universal, NBC News, 19 Nov. 2023 Nearly all of the lawmakers urging humanitarian considerations have included vociferous reiterations of their support for the Jewish state and their abhorrence of Hamas. Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 But enemies of Rustin within the civil-rights movement—among them Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., the Harlem congressman and power broker—were motivated by a genuine abhorrence of gay men. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 Thirteen years apart, the two sisters came to share an abhorrence of the slave system on which their family’s wealth and position depended. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, 8 Nov. 2022 Certainly, not all of his followers will go to Macron, but abhorrence of the extreme right is still a stronger motive for the French left than is abhorrence of the liberal center, strong though that motive is, as well. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 From Hong Kong to Sudan, Chile to Lebanon, citizens are once more reminding us of the common yearning for honest governance and the universal abhorrence of corruption. Joseph R. Biden, Foreign Affairs, 23 Jan. 2020 And its predilection for blandness and food that stayed obediently in one place on the plate led to an odd overreliance on gelatine, white sauce, and salads agglomerated with mayonnaise (potato, macaroni, Waldorf), as well as an abhorrence of strong odors and spices, not to mention lettuce. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 Edelstein’s contrary nature, his resistance to political interference in pastoral life, his abhorrence of silence, continues to this day. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 4 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


abhorr(ent) + -ence

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of abhorrence was in 1592

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“Abhorrence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abhorrence. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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