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definition of the word abhorrer

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Derivative of abhor



abhorrer (plural abhorrers)

  1. One who abhors.
    • 1839: Jeremy Bentham & John Bowring, The works of Jeremy Bentham, now first collected; under the superintendence of his executor, John Bowring, p450
      Be they what they may, the barbarities of the Catholics of those times had their limits: but of this abhorrer of Catholic barbarities, the barbarity has, in respect of the number of intended victims, no limits other than those of time.
    • 1948: Joseph Wood Krutch, Henry David Thoreau, p236
      The “even be killed” is not comic, for Thoreau the individualist must have found it in theory as difficult to imagine himself dying for others as Thoreau the abhorrer of violence found it difficult to imagine himself killing another individual.
    • 1959: Dorothy Sterling, Mary Jane, p83
      Hate, detester, abhorrer. Enemy, ennemi. With her tongue curled over her lip, she copied them in her notebook, then made them into sentences.
    • 1970: Robert Leckie, Warfare, p128
      Thus, chiefly through the efforts of this lover of peace and abhorrer of war, the art of maiming and killing became ever more efficient.
    • 1999: Guy A. J. Tops et alios, Thinking English Grammar: to honour Xavier Dekeyser, p59
      The problem of usage comes in for abhorrer in various ways: There are 63 entries with the root abhor, including 3 abhorrer, 17 abhorrence.
  2. (historical) A nickname given in the early 17th century to signatories of addresses of abhorrence.
    • 1890: Thomas de Quincey & David Masson, The Collected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, p389
      Pretty much as Lincoln is thus supposed to arise out of the word fleas, so (according to Rapin) do the words Whig and Tory arise out of addresser and abhorrer
    • 1949: Felix Morley, The Power in the People, p76
      Whether “Petitioner” or “Abhorrer”, his opinion was asked and use of his undistinguished name was requested…
    • 1966: Robert Gourlay, General Introduction to Statistical Account of Upper Canada, p1
      He might be assimilated to a madman, but the honourable Gentleman himself was an abhorrer, and an abhorrer could not reason.
    • 1999: Guy A. J. Tops et alios, Thinking English Grammar: to honour Xavier Dekeyser, p59
      The terms petitioners and abhorrers in this context were later superseded by Whig and Tory.


  1. To abominate

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