from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To regard with horror or loathing; detest.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To turn aside or avoid; to keep away from; to reject.
  • verb transitive, canon law, obsolete To protest against; to reject solemnly.

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

  • verb find repugnant


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

[Middle English abhorren, from Latin abhorrēre, to shrink from : ab-, from; see ab– + horrēre, to shudder.]


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