UK [əbˈhɔː(r)] / US [əbˈhɔr] verb [transitive]
Word forms "abhor":
present tense I/you/we/they abhor he/she/it abhors present participle abhorring past tense abhorred past participle abhorred formal
to dislike something very much, usually because you think it is immoral

She abhors violence.

English dictionary. 2014.


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  • Abhor — Ab*hor , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abhorred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abhorring}.] [L. abhorrere; ab + horrere to bristle, shiver, shudder: cf. F. abhorrer. See {Horrid}.] 1. To shrink back with shuddering from; to regard with horror or detestation; to feel… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abhor — Ab*hor , v. i. To shrink back with horror, disgust, or dislike; to be contrary or averse; with from. [Obs.] To abhor from those vices. Udall. [1913 Webster] Which is utterly abhorring from the end of all law. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abhor — index blame, condemn (ban), contemn, disdain, forswear, reject, renounce, shun …   Law dictionary

  • abhor — (v.) mid 15c., from L. abhorrere shrink back from, have an aversion for, shudder at, from ab away (see AB (Cf. ab )) + horrere tremble at, shudder, lit. to bristle, be shaggy, from PIE *ghers start out, stand out, rise to a point, bristle (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • abhor — abominate, loathe, detest, *hate Analogous words: *despise, contemn, scorn: shun, avoid, eschew (see ESCAPE) Antonyms: admire (persons, their qualities, acts): enjoy (things which are a matter of taste) Contrasted words: *like, love, relish, dote …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abhor — [v] regard with contempt or disgust abominate, be allergic to*, be down on*, be grossed out by*, despise, detest, hate, have no use for*, loathe, scorn; concept 29 Ant. admire, adore, approve, cherish, desire, enjoy, like, love, relish …   New thesaurus

  • abhor — ► VERB (abhorred, abhorring) ▪ detest; hate. ORIGIN Latin abhorrere, from horrere to shudder …   English terms dictionary

  • abhor — [ab hôr′, əbhôr] vt. abhorred, abhorring [ME abhorren < L abhorrere < ab , away, from + horrere, to shudder: see HORRID] to shrink from in disgust, hatred, etc.; detest SYN. HATE abhorrer n …   English World dictionary

  • abhor — [[t]æbhɔ͟ː(r)[/t]] abhors, abhorring, abhorred VERB If you abhor something, you hate it very much, especially for moral reasons. [FORMAL] [V n] He was a man who abhorred violence and was deeply committed to reconciliation... [V n] If nature… …   English dictionary

  • abhor — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. hate. Ant., love. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. detest, abominate, loathe; see hate 1 . See Synonym Study at hate . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [ab HOR] to hate, detest or be… …   English dictionary for students

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