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[ab-hawr-uh ns, -hor-] /æbˈhɔr əns, -ˈhɒr-/
a feeling of extreme repugnance or aversion; utter loathing; abomination.
something or someone extremely repugnant or loathsome.
Origin of abhorrence
1650-60; abhorr(ent) + -ence
Related forms
self-abhorrence, noun
1. execration, detestation. Unabridged
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  • But my experience is the even border on abhorrence and in the best of cases a total indifference.
  • He began his career confidently but soon found himself fighting his abhorrence of his own surgical procedures.
  • He says islanders shun public elections because of a deep-rooted abhorrence of confrontation.
  • Here again, the underlying sentiment is the abhorrence of human recklessness and extravagance.
  • My personal choice to eliminate factory-farmed animal products from my diet largely reflects this abhorrence.
  • We are united in our hatred of war and our abhorrence of violence.
  • Given our own abhorrence toward importation from any countries of drugs, one would presume some empathic understanding.
  • Undeterred by abhorrence of needles, would-be heroin users are more inclined to partake.
  • If you cannot overcome your abhorrence or fear of them, leave them alone.
  • He had an almost pathological abhorrence for borrowing that went beyond reason to the realm of deep emotion.
British Dictionary definitions for abhorrence


a feeling of extreme loathing or aversion
a person or thing that is loathsome
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Word Origin and History for abhorrence

1650s; see abhorrent + -ence.

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