ab·​hor·​rent | \-ənt \

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

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That a cardinal would prey on seminarians is abhorrent. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: A Letter to Pope Francis," 31 Aug. 2018 This individual’s behavior is abhorrent and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "Boy Scout leader in Camden County arrested for possessing child porn," 2 July 2018 The Supreme Court has repeatedly interpreted the Constitution in ways that any reasonable person would now agree were abhorrent. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Why John McCain opposes Gina Haspel leading the CIA — and why it matters," 10 May 2018 For the prigs, the mania for FAANG stocks is as abhorrent as a split infinitive. The Economist, "Most stockmarket returns come from a tiny fraction of shares," 23 June 2018 Soon enough the conversation turns from Dolores’ abhorrent, murderous behavior to a question of whether Maeve should die to protect the rest of the robots. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "How Women Powered Westworld Season 2," 24 June 2018 His regime’s abhorrent treatment of its own people is largely forgotten. The Economist, "Dealing with North Korea, Trump puts showmanship first," 14 June 2018 These calls to hold platforms liable for specific kinds of abhorrent content or behavior are undercutting the once-sturdy safe harbor principle of Section 230. Tarleton Gillespie, WIRED, "How Social Networks Set the Limits of What We Can Say Online," 26 June 2018 After an outstanding start which saw the Three Lions take the lead through an early Steven Gerrard strike, the USA levelled through what can only be described as an abhorrent piece of goalkeeping. SI.com, "On This Day: 12th June - the 'Hand of Clod' is Born as England Draw With the USA in 2010," 12 June 2018

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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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ab·​hor·​rent | \ab-ˈhȯr-ənt \

Kids Definition of abhorrent

: causing or deserving strong dislike an abhorrent crime

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