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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
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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Examples from the web for abhor
  • While I absolutely abhor his views, he has a right to them.
  • Nature may abhor a vacuum, but human beings abhor disorder.
  • Uncertainty — which investors abhor — is in greater abundance.
  • They abhor ostentation, for example, and stand firmly on the side of understated elegance.
  • In the same way that nature abhors a vacuum, schedulers abhor an empty block.
  • Teachers are also among the more frequent visitors to the term-paper sites they so abhor.
  • We do not prosecute people simply for doing something that we abhor.
  • Governmental action largely did not occur because of laissez-faire administrations, which abhor antitrust laws.
  • Human beings are also extremely territorial and naturally abhor conditions that take away their mastery over their own domain.
  • We don't want to become the evil we 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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