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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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  • Recall that the nation's founders abhorred human creatureliness.
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  • We abhorred all nationalism and all theories of hierarchy and dominance.
  • And journalism has long had abhorred the idea of running quotes or any part of a story past a source before publication.
  • They abhorred anything that smacked of direct democracy.
  • It was never a secret that she abhorred the idea of going public.
  • He abhorred lies and falsehood, especially all cunning and artificial methods of detraction.
  • He shut out the press, cloistered his family in ritzy enclaves, abhorred distractions.
  • Many have been abhorred for it, some killed, one crucified.
  • As a matter of fact, idleness is generally abhorred because it leaves a vacuum that is an invitation to thought.
British Dictionary definitions for abhorred

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 abhorred

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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