Definition of abhorrent in English:

abhorrent

adjective

  • Inspiring disgust and loathing; repugnant.

    ‘racial discrimination was abhorrent to us all’
    • ‘And he felt it was up to politicians to outlaw abhorrent practice.’
    • ‘Begging is a horrible word and yet it is not as abhorrent as stealing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Abusive child labor is abhorrent and should be banned and eradicated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The idea that covenant marriage ought to be sanctioned by the state is illiberal, reprehensible and abhorrent.’
    • ‘They've manipulated it into existence and I find that abhorrent.’
    • ‘At the same time, if moral guidance is itself morally repugnant, then self-contempt is equally as abhorrent.’
    • ‘Yes, the animals themselves are raised and slaughtered in abhorrent conditions, and stuffed with antibiotics.’
    • ‘The most abhorrent smells come from that place - cabbage-pork-shellfish smells.’
    • ‘The combination of horrific makeup, abhorrent timing, and trite jokes has literally become painful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I find it abhorrent that some groups of Bolton's community, such as pensioners, will struggle to meet the increase.’
    • ‘They must reject the abhorrent demands of hostage takers and bandits and, if necessary, commit more funds and more troops.’
    • ‘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

/abˈhärənt//abˈhôrənt/