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definition of the word abhor

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First attested in 1449. From Latin abhorreō from ab- + horreō (stand aghast). Cognate with French abhorrer.

to abhor

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to abhor (third-person singular simple present abhors, present participle abhorring, simple past and past participle abhorred)

  1. (transitive) To regard with horror or detestation; to shrink back with shuddering from; to feel excessive repugnance toward; to detest to extremity; to loathe.
    • Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. - Romans 12:9
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To fill with horror or disgust.
    • It does abhor me now I speak the word. - Shakespeare, Othello, IV-i
  3. (transitive, canon law, obsolete) To protest against; to reject solemnly.
    • I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul Refuse you for my judge. - Shakespeare, Henry VIII, II-iv
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To shrink back with horror, disgust, or dislike; to be contrary or averse; -- with from.
    • To abhor from those vices. - Udall
    • Which is utterly abhorring from the end of all law. - Milton

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