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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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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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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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