abhorrent

adjective ab·hor·rent \ -ənt \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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
3 a :feeling or showing strong dislike or hatred
b archaic :strongly opposed

abhorrently

adverb

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Origin and Etymology of abhorrent

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


ABHORRENT Defined for Kids

abhorrent

adjective ab·hor·rent \ ab-ˈhȯr-ənt \

Definition of abhorrent for Students

:causing or deserving strong dislike
  • an abhorrent crime


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