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

  • adj. Disgusting, loathsome, or repellent.
  • adj. Feeling repugnance or loathing.
  • adj. Archaic Being strongly opposed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Abhorring; detesting; having or showing abhorrence; loathing; hence, strongly opposed to.
  • adj. Contrary or repugnant; discordant; inconsistent; -- followed by to.
  • adj. Detestable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hating; detesting; struck with abhorrence.
  • Exciting horror or abhorrence; very repulsive; detestable: as, abhorrent scenes; an abhorrent criminal or course of conduct.
  • Contrary; utterly repugnant; causing aversion: formerly with from, now with to.

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

  • adj. offensive to the mind


From Latin abhorrēns, present active participle of abhorreō ("abhor"). See abhor (Wiktionary)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "Is there one among the sex, who would not protest against such a weakness as a second proposal to the same woman? There is no indignity so abhorrent to their feelings!" - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    August 16, 2015