Definition of abhor in English:


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Pronunciation: /əbˈhɔː

verb (abhors, abhorring, abhorred)

[with object]
  • Regard with disgust and hatred: he abhorred sexism in every form
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    • Healthcare professionals abhor politicians' interference in the NHS.
    • It also means sitting down with someone, someone who is not abhorred or hated, to have a conversation.
    • However, it obviously cannot involve either, because the university is famously progressive, and hence abhors both sins.



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  • Watchers are notorious pencil sharpeners, ribbon changers, plant waterers, home repairers and abhorrers of messy rooms or messy pages.
  • Your enemies and abhorrers look on with mild amusement.
  • Allowing companies to choose their compliancy would satisfy both adorers and abhorrers of the law.


late Middle English: from Latin abhorrere, from ab- 'away from' + horrere 'to shudder'.

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