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 This position is airily remote from the affective texture of moral life, from the motivating complex of sentiments — whether admiration or abhorrence — that certain actions can produce. New York Times, 28 June 2022 Bennett suggests threatening to fly reconnaissance aircraft along the country's coast, playing off Kim's abhorrence for spying. Shannon K. Crawford, ABC News, 10 June 2022 The resolution to suspend Russia needed a two-thirds majority of votes cast, with abstentions not counting as votes, and is seen as a barometer of the world’s abhorrence over the apparent atrocities in Ukraine. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 At the most meaningful level of identity, this tradition joins Ukrainians and Russians, as well as millions of others throughout the world, who watch with abhorrence the scandal of this invasion. Tim Kelleher, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 Living and learning in Germany, however, produced in her an abhorrence of German culture, with its pervasive ethic of Pflicht—duty or high seriousness. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Fellow Black television sitcom actress Janet Hubert also tweeted out her abhorrence for Rashad's support, directly calling her out. Shelby Stewart, Chron, 1 July 2021 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 See More

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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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7 Jul 2022

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“Abhorrence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abhorrence. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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