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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
The one caveat is that these are not dishwasher safe, so might not be great for people who abhor hand-washing.
He was raised in the strict Protestant sect known as the Plymouth Brethren, whose members abhor the celebration of Christmas as a pagan ritual.
But negotiation, compromise and settling for the proverbial half-loaf are the essence of politics, and a remedy for the gridlock so many in both parties profess to abhor.
Trump has shown no clear governing philosophy, can abruptly shift views and still favors policies Democrats abhor like erasing the Obama health care law.
But Madame Bernard, known as Fanny, abhorred the work that her father’s money made possible.
During that post-civil rights-era backlash, wealthy activists who had long abhorred the federal income tax pushed for lower taxes.
Maxine attended to his every whim and crotchet, never lost faith in his brilliance or potential, and delighted in surrounding him with exactly the sort of frivolous company his wife abhorred.
Kennedy sought liberal outcomes while abhorring instability and uncertainty.
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The Horror in abhor
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.
have it in for;
Synonym Discussion of abhor
- hated the enemy with a passion
- detests cowards
- a crime abhorred by all
- abominates all forms of violence
- loathed the mere sight of them
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