Definition of abhor in English:

abhor

Pronunciation /abˈhôr//əbˈhôr/

verb

[WITH OBJECT]formal
  • Regard with disgust and hatred.

    ‘professional tax preparers abhor a flat tax because it would dry up their business’
    • ‘It also means sitting down with someone, someone who is not abhorred or hated, to have a conversation.’
    • ‘He abhors anything that adds to the cost of doing business, and politicians who show insufficient urgency about tackling the wider threats to business.’
    • ‘What he meant was that the truly pious individual cannot be sectarian because Islam like other religions abhors sectarianism.’
    • ‘Strong words indeed for a fellow who abhors political smear and accuses others of engaging in it!’
    • ‘Healthcare professionals abhor politicians' interference in the NHS.’
    • ‘Just as nature abhors a vacuum, the city cannot abide a void.’
    • ‘He is a driven man who abhors the notion that sport is not about the winning, but the taking part.’
    • ‘Our organisation abhors this kind of act and appeals to residents to be vigilant and watch out for any suspicious goings-on.’
    • ‘They come under his jurisdiction, it is true, but he personally abhors those acts.’
    • ‘However, it obviously cannot involve either, because the university is famously progressive, and hence abhors both sins.’
    • ‘He abhors the fast food culture and, as a student, can't understand why many of his peers are content to be couch potatoes.’
    • ‘Charles, God bless him, abhors violence and loves dialogue.’
    • ‘Inside every one of us lies a Puritan streak which abhors anything smacking of frivolity or done for the sheer joy of it.’
    • ‘The president abhors dissent and is totally dismissive not only of dissenters, but also of the people's right to dissent.’
    • ‘He abhors footballers becoming TV presenters.’
    • ‘I'm one of those people who is always on time, and abhors lateness.’
    • ‘But politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum and it stands to reason that there must be a vacancy for a party of the right in Scotland, just as in every other European nation.’
    • ‘The conservation officer is very pragmatic: she supports legalized and controlled hunting, but abhors poachers.’
    • ‘She's prone to plain speaking and abhors hype, so she's admittedly uncomfortable with self-promotion.’
    • ‘I make this prediction based on what we know about biology, which is that natures abhors uniformity.’
    hate, loathe, despise, abominate, execrate, regard with disgust, feel disgust for, feel repugnance towards, feel distaste for, shrink from, recoil from, shudder at, be unable to bear, be unable to abide, feel hostility to, feel aversion to, feel animosity to, find intolerable, dislike, disdain, have an aversion to
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

abhor

/abˈhôr//əbˈhôr/