What does abhor mean?

Definitions for abhoræbˈhɔr

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abhor, loathe, abominate, execrate(verb)

    find repugnant

    "I loathe that man"; "She abhors cats"


  1. abhor(Verb)

    To regard with horror or detestation; to shrink back with shuddering from; to feel excessive repugnance toward; to detest to extremity; to loathe.

  2. abhor(Verb)

    To fill with horror or disgust.

  3. abhor(Verb)

    To turn aside or avoid; to keep away from; to reject.

  4. abhor(Verb)

    To protest against; to reject solemnly.

  5. abhor(Verb)

    To shrink back with horror, disgust, or dislike; to be contrary or averse; -- with from.

  6. Origin: * First attested in 1449.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abhor(verb)

    to shrink back with shuddering from; to regard with horror or detestation; to feel excessive repugnance toward; to detest to extremity; to loathe

  2. Abhor(verb)

    to fill with horror or disgust

  3. Abhor(verb)

    to protest against; to reject solemnly

  4. Abhor(verb)

    to shrink back with horror, disgust, or dislike; to be contrary or averse; -- with

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abhor

    ab-hor′, v.t. to shrink from with horror: to detest: to loathe:—pr.p. abhor′ring; pa.p. abhorred′.—ns. Abhor′rence, extreme hatred; (obs.) Abhor′rency.—adj. Abhor′rent, detesting; repugnant (with of).—ns. Abhor′rer, one who abhors; Abhor′ring (B. and Shak.), object of abhorrence. [L. abhorrēre, from ab, from, and horrēre. See Horror.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abhor in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abhor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Isaac Hill:

    …revenge reduces you to your worst self, puts you on the same level with those spiteful people we claim to abhor.

  2. Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    We abhor drug crime, but we abhor the death penalty. We think that these two Australians deserve to be punished, but they certainly don't deserve to be executed.

  3. Simon Johnson:

    We abhor all forms of racism, wherever The FA in relation is found, we call upon the FA to investigate this offensive social media post and to take action if appropriate if we are to succeed in kicking racism out of football.

  4. Katherine Paterson:

    All of us can think of a book... that we hope none of our children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf -that work I abhor- then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us.

  5. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, page 62:

    I hold a creed, which no one ever taught me, and which I seldon mention, but in which I delight, and to which I cling, for it extends hope to all; it makes eternity a rest - a mighty home - not a terror and an abyss. With this creed, I can so clearly distinguish between the criminal and his crime, I can so sincerly forgive the first while I abhor the last; with this creed, revenge never worries my heart, degredation never too deeply disgusts me, injustice bever crushes me too low; I live in calm, looking to the end.

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