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abhorrent

[ab-hawr-uh nt, -hor-] /æbˈhɔr ənt, -ˈhɒr-/
adjective
1.
causing repugnance; detestable; loathsome:
an abhorrent deed.
2.
utterly opposed, or contrary, or in conflict (usually followed by to):
abhorrent to reason.
3.
feeling extreme repugnance or aversion (usually followed by of):
abhorrent of waste.
4.
remote in character (usually followed by from):
abhorrent from the principles of law.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin abhorrent- (stem of abhorrēns, present participle of abhorrēre). See abhor, -ent
Related forms
abhorrently, adverb
unabhorrently, adverb
Can be confused
aberrant, abhorrent.
Synonyms
1. shocking, abominable.
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Examples for abhorrent
  • Many plants are so abhorrent to insects that they will not nest near them.
  • The rule applies unless the Legislature explicitly prohibits recognition or recognition would be abhorrent to public policy.
  • The remedy for abhorrent speech, however, is more speech.
  • This is in poor taste at minimum, and completely abhorrent in reality.
  • He reaffirmed his promise to sign legislation to end that procedure, which he called abhorrent and an offense to human dignity.
  • The idea of a city which cannot be walked through seems to me abhorrent.
  • And though disorder may be the most abhorrent thing to a tidy taxonomist, sometimes a little chaos can be healthy.
  • Both called the crime abhorrent.
  • Then it suddenly acquired its present abhorrent significance.
  • The behavior of the principals as evidenced in the e-mails is offensive and abhorrent to anyone who seriously pursues science.
British Dictionary definitions for abhorrent

abhorrent

/əbˈhɒrənt/
adjective
1.
repugnant; loathsome
2.
when postpositive, foll by of. feeling extreme aversion or loathing (for) abhorrent of vulgarity
3.
usually postpositive and foll by to. conflicting (with) abhorrent to common sense
Derived Forms
abhorrently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for abhorrent
adj.

1610s, "in a position or condition to recoil," usually with from; from Latin abhorentem (nominative abhorrens), present participle of abhorrere; see abhor. Meaning "repugnant" is from 1650s. Earlier was abhorrable (late 15c.).

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