Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To regard with horror or loathing; detest: "The problem with Establishment Republicans is they abhor the unseemliness of a political brawl” ( Patrick J. Buchanan).

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  • v. To turn aside or avoid; to keep away from; to reject.
  • v. To protest against; to reject solemnly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To shrink back with horror, disgust, or dislike; to be contrary or averse; -- with.
  • transitive v. To shrink back with shuddering from; to regard with horror or detestation; to feel excessive repugnance toward; to detest to extremity; to loathe.
  • transitive v. To fill with horror or disgust.
  • transitive v. To protest against; to reject solemnly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Literally, to shrink back from with horror or dread; hence, to regard with repugnance; hate extremely or with loathing; loathe, detest, or abominate: as, to abhor evil; to abhor intrigue.
  • To fill with horror and loathing; horrify.
  • Synonyms Hate, Abhor, Detest, etc. See hate.
  • To shrink back with disgust, or with fear and shudderings.
  • To be antagonistic; be averse or of opposite character: with from.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. find repugnant

Etymologies

Middle English abhorren, from Latin abhorrēre, to shrink from : ab-, from; see ab-1 + horrēre, to shudder.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Most women I am sure would abhor me -- yes, Dorcas -- _abhor_ me. '

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  • Mr. Beck, this scary “social justice” phrase you abhor is exactly what many believe is the correct objective for churches and other community organizations, saving the taxpayer millions upon millions upon millions of dollars annually.

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  • Can't say I fancy the job much, but the only thing I positively abhor is 'faking' a society letter.

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  • All the hellish arts of malice and falsehood are made use of to render them odious or despicable; their words and actions are misconstrued, even that which they abhor is fathered upon them, laws are made to ensnare them (Dan.vi. 4, &c.), and all to ruin them and root them out.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • Censorship of the President of the United States of America without prior and complete information, i.e. the speech, is to be abhorred. "abhor" - "to regard with extreme repugnance."

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  • He said of them “whose actions I ever did abhor, that is, their Destruction of others, amongst whom I yet lived with a kind of shameless bashfulness.”

    St Augustine and the Pear Tree

  • Saint Augustine admits that he lived with a fast set, as people say now -- "the Depravers" or "Destroyers"; though he loved them little, "whose actions I ever did abhor, that is, their Destruction of others, amongst whom I yet lived with a kind of shameless bashfulness."

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  • There is another way, which you and your ken would abhor, that is to grant a basic respect for other humans.

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  • To be honest, I kind of abhor the title of "space tourist."

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  • Here, values are not to be attached to objects; instead, we should value (or "abhor") processes.

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