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abhor

[ab-hawr] /æbˈhɔr/
verb (used with object), abhorred, abhorring.
1.
to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.
Origin of abhor
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin abhorrēre to shrink back from, shudder at, equivalent to ab- ab- + horrēre to bristle, tremble
Related forms
abhorrer, noun
superabhor, verb (used with object), superabhorred, superabhorring.
unabhorred, adjective
Synonyms
despise. See hate.
Antonyms
love, admire.
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  • The floors I abhor, made of red tiles in the shape of Mrs. Quincy's floor-cloth tiles.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • It is only for being what is called by that name that I abhor him.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Their sole cosmetic consisted in unguents, which we now abhor as characteristic of the Hottentots.

  • I should abhor these clandestine correspondences, were they not forced upon me.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I despise a weak woman, I hate a masculine one, and a pedantic one I abhor.

British Dictionary definitions for abhor

abhor

/əbˈhɔː/
verb -hors, -horring, -horred
1.
(transitive) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject
Derived Forms
abhorrer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin abhorrēre to shudder at, shrink from, from ab- away from + horrēre to bristle, shudder
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Word Origin and History for abhor
v.

mid-15c., from Latin abhorrere "shrink back from, have an aversion for, shudder at," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + horrere "tremble at, shudder," literally "to bristle, be shaggy," from PIE *ghers- "start out, stand out, rise to a point, bristle" (see horror). Related: Abhorred; abhorring.

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