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[ab-hawr-uh nt, -hor-] /æbˈhɔr ənt, -ˈhɒr-/
causing repugnance; detestable; loathsome:
an abhorrent deed.
utterly opposed, or contrary, or in conflict (usually followed by to):
abhorrent to reason.
feeling extreme repugnance or aversion (usually followed by of):
abhorrent of waste.
remote in character (usually followed by from):
abhorrent from the principles of law.
Origin of abhorrent
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.
1. shocking, abominable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


repugnant; loathsome
when postpositive, foll by of. feeling extreme aversion or loathing (for): abhorrent of vulgarity
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

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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