Definition of abhorrent in English:

abhorrent

adjective

  • Inspiring disgust and loathing; repugnant.

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