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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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Examples from the web for abhors
  • Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease: all others run into this one.
  • Also from observation the natural world abhors the limit.
  • The brother abhors all perversity, while he suffers from compulsive impulses.
  • In life as in thermodynamics, nature abhors a vacuum.
  • As it happens, nature abhors a vacuum, but not as much as a railroad does.
  • Nature abhors a vacuum, journalism even more so, and so it fills absence with windiness.
  • It shows, as is commonly said, that nature abhors a vacuum.
  • Nature abhors a vacuum, so something must rush in to fill it.
  • The rapid sweep left a vacuum in its wake, and politics abhors a vacuum.
  • It is a vision that abhors the careless-no less the systematic- extinction of vital sea species.
British Dictionary definitions for abhors

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 abhors

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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