abhorrence

noun ab·hor·rence \ əb-ˈhȯr-ən(t)s , -ˈhär- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of abhorrence

1 a : 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.

Examples of abhorrence in a Sentence

  1. one of the changes in American society that remains a particular abhorrence of social conservatives

  2. my firm abhorrence of all forms of hypocrisy

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