abhorrent

adjective

ab·​hor·​rent əb-ˈhȯr-ənt How to pronounce abhorrent (audio)
-ˈhär-,
ab-
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
3
a
: feeling or showing strong dislike or hatred
b
archaic : strongly opposed
abhorrently adverb

Examples of abhorrent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pay ratios on this scale reflect levels of income inequality that were widely viewed as abhorrent 50 years ago. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 7 June 2024 The Taliban’s treatment of women is famously abhorrent. Brian Niemietz, New York Daily News, 30 Apr. 2024 Antisemitism commissions and reviews of speech-and-assembly policies do little to address the question of why so many university students and faculty have such abhorrent views about Jews and America. Gabriel Scheinmann, National Review, 25 May 2024 The daily lack of reporting and resolution surrounding these homicides is abhorrent and must be condemned. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 5 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for abhorrent 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

Time Traveler
The first known use of abhorrent was in 1599

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“Abhorrent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abhorrent. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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abhorrent

adjective
ab·​hor·​rent əb-ˈhȯr-ənt How to pronounce abhorrent (audio)
-ˈhär-,
ab-
1
: causing or deserving strong dislike
2
: not agreeable : contrary
a notion abhorrent to their beliefs
abhorrently adverb

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