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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

Etymologies

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

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