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

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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But the next piece could be something very shocking and abhorrent. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Underworld of Online Content Moderation," 5 July 2019 But to have the politicians in our society start messing around with our freedoms is abhorrent. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: The message behind the boo; Dairy assaults; Power struggle over guns (6/4/19)," 4 June 2019 And governments routinely make trade-offs like prizing free speech, knowing that much of that speech will be abhorrent and even dangerous, recognizing that the gains of open expression are ultimately worth it. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The controversy over Mark Zuckerberg’s comments on Holocaust denial, explained," 20 July 2018 Their even warmer embrace of Comey, McCabe and a politicized FBI is a more abhorrent choice. Gary Abernathy, Anchorage Daily News, "The D.C. bubble’s credulous embrace of McCabe is embarrassing," 21 Mar. 2018 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

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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