ab·​hor·​rent | \ əb-ˈhȯr-ənt How to pronounce abhorrent (audio) , -ˈhär-, ab- \

Definition of abhorrent

1 : causing or deserving strong dislike or hatred : being so repugnant as to stir up positive antagonism acts abhorrent to every right-minded person
2 : not agreeable : contrary a notion abhorrent to their philosophy
3a : feeling or showing strong dislike or hatred
b archaic : strongly opposed

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Other Words from abhorrent

abhorrently adverb

Examples of abhorrent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, amnesty is abhorrent to the GOP, and no Republican would dare to endorse such a policy. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "Trump’s Republican Party Is Erasing Reagan’s Memory," 31 Aug. 2020 What of Trump aides who devised, led or rationalized abhorrent policies but stopped short of possible crimes? Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Shaming? Absolution? Jail? How to treat those complicit in Trump’s wrongdoing," 30 Oct. 2020 Even if not universally accepted at first, these treaties have shamed other countries into joining them or at least curbing the use of the abhorrent weapons. Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons Passes Important Threshold," 25 Oct. 2020 His open appeal to guile and his subversion of Christian norms were regarded as so abhorrent that, in 1559, the work would be listed in the Catholic Church’s Index of Prohibited Books. National Geographic, "Machiavelli exposed the brutal truth about politics in a 'tell-all' treatise," 22 Oct. 2020 The Colts put themselves down 21-0 early in the second quarter with an abhorrent opening quarter on both sides of the ball. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Philip Rivers, Colts rally to take down Bengals, 31-27," 18 Oct. 2020 During a qualifying match for Euro 2020, some of England's Black players were subjected to abhorrent racist abuse by large a section of Bulgaria fans, causing the game to be halted twice. Matias Grez, Aleks Klosok And Darren Lewis, CNN, "'Little is being done': One year on from Bulgaria, football's fight against racism and discrimination is only just beginning," 14 Oct. 2020 Faced with publicly offensive behavior by employees outside of work, companies have a choice to make between holding onto someone with abhorrent views or risking a lawsuit by cutting ties. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, "Silicon Valley companies are rethinking free speech at the office," 11 Oct. 2020 The language used was abhorrent, unacceptable, and not representative of the values of FOX Sports. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Fox chooses Kevin Kugler to replace Thom Brennaman in NFL play-by-play role, per report," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of abhorrent

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for abhorrent

borrowed from Latin abhorrent-, abhorrens, present participle of abhorrēre "to abhor"

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The first known use of abhorrent was in 1599

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16 Nov 2020

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“Abhorrent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abhorrent. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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ab·​hor·​rent | \ ab-ˈhȯr-ənt How to pronounce abhorrent (audio) \

Kids Definition of abhorrent

: causing or deserving strong dislike an abhorrent crime

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