verb ab·hor \əb-ˈhr, ab-\

: to dislike (someone or something) very much


Full Definition of ABHOR

transitive verb
:  to regard with extreme repugnance :  loathe
ab·hor·rer \-ˈhr-ər\ noun

Examples of ABHOR

  1. We believe we know that Americans abhor extremes and mistrust ideology. —David Frum, Atlantic, March 1995

Origin of ABHOR

Middle English abhorren, from Latin abhorrēre, from ab- + horrēre to shudder — more at horror
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of ABHOR

hate, detest, abhor, abominate, loathe mean to feel strong aversion or intense dislike for. hate implies an emotional aversion often coupled with enmity or malice <hated the enemy with a passion>. detest suggests violent antipathy <detests cowards>. abhor implies a deep often shuddering repugnance <a crime abhorred by all>. abominate suggests strong detestation and often moral condemnation <abominates all forms of violence>. loathe implies utter disgust and intolerance <loathed the mere sight of them>.
ABHOR Defined for Kids


verb ab·hor \ab-ˈhr\

Definition of ABHOR for Kids

:  to dislike very much :  loathe <He abhorred the idea of eating live worms … — Brian Jacques, Redwall>


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