Definition of abhorrent in English:

abhorrent

adjective

  • Inspiring disgust and loathing; repugnant.

    ‘racism was abhorrent to us all’
    • ‘Let me state now that I do find prostitution to be abhorrent.’
    • ‘Their manifesto is totally racist and abhorrent to anybody with a basic understanding of genetics, yet they are gaining strength.’
    • ‘And he felt it was up to politicians to outlaw abhorrent practice.’
    • ‘But sensible people surely find this not only abhorrent, but alarming.’
    • ‘They've manipulated it into existence and I find that abhorrent.’
    • ‘It's as abhorrent and repellent and disgusting to me as it ever was.’
    • ‘The idea that covenant marriage ought to be sanctioned by the state is illiberal, reprehensible and abhorrent.’
    • ‘When are we going to understand that debt slavery is an abomination, is abhorrent to God?’
    • ‘It has a powerful way of making acceptable what was once abhorrent or repulsive.’
    • ‘At the same time, if moral guidance is itself morally repugnant, then self-contempt is equally as abhorrent.’
    • ‘Begging is a horrible word and yet it is not as abhorrent as stealing.’
    • ‘The most abhorrent smells come from that place - cabbage-pork-shellfish smells.’
    • ‘Whatever the cause, I discovered that I was terrorised and was behaving in ways that were both irrational and abhorrent.’
    • ‘Such a scenario appears incongruous, if not abhorrent, to many.’
    • ‘I find it abhorrent that some groups of Bolton's community, such as pensioners, will struggle to meet the increase.’
    • ‘The notion that beggars might be more vigorously pursued is abhorrent.’
    • ‘They must reject the abhorrent demands of hostage takers and bandits and, if necessary, commit more funds and more troops.’
    • ‘The combination of horrific makeup, abhorrent timing, and trite jokes has literally become painful.’
    • ‘Abusive child labor is abhorrent and should be banned and eradicated.’
    • ‘Yes, the animals themselves are raised and slaughtered in abhorrent conditions, and stuffed with antibiotics.’
    detestable, detested, hateful, hated, loathsome, loathed, despicable, despised, abominable, abominated, execrable, execrated, repellent, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, disgusting, distasteful, horrible, horrid, horrifying, awful, heinous, reprehensible, obnoxious, odious, nauseating, offensive, contemptible
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Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin abhorrent- ‘shuddering away from in horror’, from the verb abhorrere (see abhor).

Pronunciation

abhorrent

/əbˈhɒr(ə)nt/