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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
abhor
verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ The great majority of the Irish people have always abhorred violence.
▪ The president abhorred all forms of racism.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A Sylvie who abhorred her ageing image in the mirror.
▪ Anyone associated with the game of rugby quite right abhors tactics which can easily cause injury.
▪ Many people abhor the extremity of this view.
▪ Nature abhors the superfluous, yet is constrained to produce the seemingly extravagant.
▪ The mass, however, could adore Gandhi and abhor untouchables.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Abhor

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.

Which is utterly abhorring from the end of all law.
--Milton.

Abhor

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 excessive repugnance toward; to detest to extremity; to loathe.

    Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
    --Rom. xii. 9.

  2. To fill with horror or disgust. [Obs.]

    It doth abhor me now I speak the word.
    --Shak.

  3. (Canon Law) To protest against; to reject solemnly. [Obs.]

    I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul Refuse you for my judge.
    --Shak.

    Syn: To hate; detest; loathe; abominate. See Hate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
abhor

mid-15c., from Latin abhorrere "shrink back from, have an aversion for, shudder at," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + horrere "tremble at, shudder," literally "to bristle, be shaggy," from PIE *ghers- "start out, stand out, rise to a point, bristle" (see horror). Related: Abhorred; abhorring.

Wiktionary
abhor

vb. 1 (context transitive English) To regard with horror or detestation; to shrink back with shuddering from; to feel excessive repugnance toward; to detest to extremity; to loathe. (First attested from around (1350 to 1470).)(R:SOED5: page=4) 2 (context transitive obsolete impersonal English) To fill with horror or disgust. (Attested from the mid 16th century until the early 17th century.) 3 (context transitive English) To turn aside or avoid; to keep away from; to reject. 4 (context transitive canon law obsolete English) To protest against; to reject solemnly. 5 (context intransitive obsolete English) To shrink back with horror, disgust, or dislike; to be contrary or averse; (non-gloss definition: construed with ''from''). (Attested from the mid 16th century until the mid 17th century.) 6 (context intransitive obsolete English) Differ entirely from. (Attested from the mid 16th century until the late 17th century.)

WordNet
abhor
  1. v. find repugnant; "I loathe that man"; "She abhors cats" [syn: loathe, abominate, execrate]

  2. [also: abhorring, abhorred]

Usage examples of "abhor".

They abjured and abhorred the name of Roman citizens, which had formerly excited the ambition of mankind.

CDs would abhor an androgynous society because it would destroy the very thing they seek: the experience of being womanlike.

Ben Aboo, their Basha, was a good, humane man, who was often driven to do that which his soul abhorred.

Somehow this brought home to her for the first time the sheer force of the Multiplier migration, its quality of being a cascading explosion of thistledown birling through and filling and abhorring the vacuum.

None was of any color worth boasting about, and the insignificant differences of hue served only as one more basis for their abhorring each other.

The cloaking device already had cost years of her life, years spent pretending to be everything she abhorred.

Peter could not have been aware of the fact that, though it is sometimes necessary to reward treachery, the traitor himself is always abhorred and despised.

Republican elitists abhor demagogic appeals to working-class Democrats.

Astonished at his speech and at his proposal, which seemed to me a lure and made me fear a world of trouble which I always abhorred, struck by the strange idea of that man who, thinking that I would easily fall into the snare, gave me the preference over so many other persons whom he certainly knew better than me, I did not hesitate to tell him that I would never accept his offer.

She abhorred sin, because she was obliged to purge herself of it by confession under pain of everlasting damnation, and she did not want to be damned.

Romans abhorred eunuchs, flagellatory rites, and what was considered religious barbarism.

Maus abhorred tea bags, pressure cookers, canned fruit cocktail, bottled mayonnaise, instant coffee, iceberg lettuce, monosodium glutamate, eggs poached in geometric shapes, New England boiled dinners, and anything resembling a smorgasbord, salad bar, or all-you-can-eat buffet.

The young man looks only to the present, believes that the sky will always smile upon him, and laughs at philosophy as it vainly preaches of old age, misery, repentance, and, worst of all, abhorred death.

British clergy incessantly labored to eradicate the Pelagian heresy, which they abhorred, as the peculiar disgrace of their native country.

I detest, abhor, and swoon at the very word business, though no less than four letters of my very short sirname are in it.