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abhor Syllabification: ab·hor
Pronunciation: /abˈhôr/

Definition of abhor in English:

verb (abhors, abhorring, abhorred)

[with object] formal
Regard with disgust and hatred: professional tax preparers abhor a flat tax because it would dry up their business
More example sentences
  • 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.
detest, hate, loathe, despise, execrate, regard with disgust, shrink from, recoil from, shudder at
formal abominate


Example sentences
  • 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'.

  • Abhor literally means something that makes you shudder. It comes from Latin ab- ‘away from’ and horrere ‘to shudder with fright’, also the basis of horror. In Shakespeare's day abhor could also mean ‘to cause horror’: ‘It does abhor me now I speak the word’ (Othello).

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