abhor was our Word of the Day on 01/13/2013. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of abhor in a Sentence
We believe we know that Americans abhor extremes and mistrust ideology. —David Frum, Atlantic, March 1995
I abhor latter-day, modishly camp take-offs of my cherished boyhood heroes and heroines (Little Orphan Annie, Wonder Woman, Invisible Scarlet O'Neil). —Mordecai Richler, New York Times Book Review, 3 May 1987
He abhorred grandiosity. When he came to New York to revise his manuscripts and galley proofs, he would hole up in a little cubicle on the attic floor of the old 52nd Street mansion that went by the name of Random House. —Norman Cousins, Saturday Review, April 1981
abhors the way people leave their trash at the picnic sites in the park
Recent Examples of abhor from the Web
In the North, where state linguists abhor foreign terminology, athletes use Korean translations not readily understandable to South Korean players.
And history shows that the global system, like nature, abhors a vacuum.
Nature may abhor a vacuum, but holes in the timeline offer catnip to authors of historical fiction.
Opens Friday Documentary explores the mid-20th-century battles between activist Jane Jacobs, who abhorred urban renewal, and New York building czar Robert Moses, who scoffed at her ilk.
Nature may abhor a vacuum, but politicians love one.
But both abhor the European Union and the globalist, pro-E.U., pro-business positions of Macron.
Mikey Day returned as the show’s Grim Reaper version of Steve Bannon—an impression Trump reportedly abhors.
An imbalance between political and operational considerations is precisely what General McMaster abhorred about the Vietnam-era process.
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The Horror in ahbor
Abhor means “to loathe” or “to hate,” and while loathe and hate have roots in Old English, abhor derives from Latin. The roots of abhor can give us a deeper understanding of both the strength of the dislike expressed by the word and its relationship to other words in English. It came from the Latin word abhorrēre, which meant “to recoil from” or “to be repugnant to,” and was formed by combining ab-, meaning “from” and horrēre, meaning “to bristle,” “to tremble,” or “to shudder.” This word for trembling or shuddering in reaction to something scary or awful is related to the word that names of the cause of those reactions—the Latin word horror, which was later borrowed into English. The -hor of abhor is also the hor- of horror.
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