ab·​hor·​rence | \ əb-ˈhȯr-ən(t)s How to pronounce abhorrence (audio) , -ˈhär-, ab- \

Definition of abhorrence

1a : the act or state of abhorring or despising something or someone a crime regarded with abhorrence
b : a feeling of strong repugnance or disgust : loathing an abhorrence of war
2 : something regarded as repugnant or disgusting Slavery is an abhorrence.

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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 These bills are engineered to incite extreme emotion—sympathy for an embryo and abhorrence for people seeking abortions. Marie Solis, The New Republic, 26 May 2021 Instead, Amazon’s accommodations have been rewarded with a growing bipartisan abhorrence for mega-cap tech companies. Jerry Bowyer, National Review, 19 Apr. 2021 But abhorrence of the fence is a rare issue on which the two parties can agree. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Apr. 2021 The non-Western response to the West’s newfound abhorrence of slavery was not a welcoming one. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 22 Sep. 2020 The gamble is that abhorrence of Trump is sufficiently strong to motivate voters and that Biden and Harris, rather than tapping into their wrath and dread, can therefore offer them comfort and empathy instead. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 26 Aug. 2020 Even so, Facebook seems to have crossed the line of tolerable abhorrence for some tech workers. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 10 June 2020 So Sargent was willing to suspend his abhorrence and make an exception. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2020 But that has collided with the politics of Germany, Europe’s largest and most influential economy, where a profound cultural abhorrence of debt has prompted the government to enforce budget austerity across the continent. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of abhorrence

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for abhorrence

abhorr(ent) + -ence

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The first known use of abhorrence was in 1592

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1 Jun 2021

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“Abhorrence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abhorrence. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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