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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 of abhor
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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  • Imagine it, he abhors his wife intellectually and cannot get away from her physically.

    Friedrich Nietzsche Georg Brandes
  • If he has sometimes worked wrong by us, he has been driven to do that which in his soul he abhors.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • But Ebenezer Brown abhors plays and players; he detests billiards and cards; strong drink is anathema to him.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
  • Thus the Gael abhors the very roads that lead to a plague-struck dwelling.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • He recognizes his importance as a writer, but abhors him as a magician.

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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