Definition of abhorrence in English:

abhorrence

noun

mass noun
  • A feeling of revulsion; disgusted loathing.

    ‘the thought of marrying him filled her with abhorrence’
    • ‘Recently I also quoted Priestley and his abhorrence of ‘… the saddest waste of all, the waste of human beings’.’
    • ‘Each and every one of them was there to display their abhorrence at the way the Government is treating the college.’
    • ‘A consistent theme in Charles's writings is his belief in human freedom - and his abhorrence for violence and tyranny.’
    • ‘A mix of impatience and abhorrence filled his face.’
    • ‘My abhorrence of this particular day registers on two levels.’
    • ‘Despite ever-growing public abhorrence of this most antisocial crime, numbers of drivers caught over the limit are rising.’
    • ‘The reason for his flight has never been adequately explained but Peggy surely gets close when she talks of her father's abhorrence of critics and his manic pursuit of perfection.’
    • ‘He was filled with abhorrence and disgust for what he had done.’
    • ‘And to all those expats who long to share with us their shame and abhorrence: get over it.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the right-wing demonstrates its abhorrence of defamatory character assassination and smear jobs here.’
    • ‘Suddenly she spoke, and he could detect the fear, horror, and absolute abhorrence in her tone of voice.’
    • ‘In both, a small minority seeks tolerance of behaviour that causes in the majority anything from indifference through distaste to abhorrence.’
    • ‘I write to reaffirm our abhorrence of such behaviour.’
    • ‘This is far from the truth and I wonder how many of these people actually apply their abhorrence of vivisection to their own lives by refusing medical treatment?’
    • ‘The Government would express its abhorrence in the strongest possible terms, she said.’
    • ‘This perverted abhorrence of women destines religions to collide with modernity everywhere, for to be modern is to set women free.’
    • ‘And what's the deal with management consultants and their abhorrence of footnotes?’
    • ‘Letters received reveal their abhorrence at the behavioural example being set by our so-called leaders of state and nation.’
    • ‘It is up to all of us to demonstrate our abhorrence of sectarianism, discrimination and racism.’
    • ‘I've never proactively analysed the issue to see what my own stance is, possibly because it won't align with my abhorrence of the death penalty.’
    loathing, hate, detestation, dislike, distaste, abomination, execration, resentment, aversion, hostility, ill will, ill feeling, bad feeling
    hatred, loathing, detestation, execration, revulsion, abomination, disgust, repugnance, horror, antipathy, odium, aversion, hostility, animosity, enmity, dislike, distaste, disdain, contempt
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Pronunciation

abhorrence

/əbˈhɒr(ə)ns/