abhor

[ab-hawr]
verb (used with object), abhorred, abhorring.
to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin abhorrēre to shrink back from, shudder at, equivalent to ab- ab- + horrēre to bristle, tremble

abhorrer, noun
superabhor, verb (used with object), superabhorred, superabhorring.
unabhorred, adjective


despise. See hate.


love, admire.
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abhor (əbˈhɔː)
 
vb , -hors, -horring, -horred
(tr) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject
 
[C15: from Latin abhorrēre to shudder at, shrink from, from ab- away from + horrēre to bristle, shudder]
 
ab'horrer
 
n

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abhor
mid-15c., from L. abhorrere "shrink back in terror," from ab- "away" + horrere "tremble at, shudder," lit. "to bristle, be shaggy," from PIE *ghers- "start out, stand out, rise to a point, bristle" (see horror).
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Example sentences
Abhorring corporal punishment, they believed in not merely confining inmates but in reforming them.
Split clean, it reveals flesh so juicy red that certain meat-abhorring sects refuse to eat it.
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