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to regard with extreme repugnance :
to feel hatred or loathing
for : loathe
Mariah is an animal rights activist who abhors
any mistreatment of animals.
"The ultimate film geek, he worships the medium and abhors
banality even as he reworks motifs from previous movies in his creative choices." — Sally Kline, The Washington Examiner (Washington, D.C.), 20 Aug. 2009
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implies strong feelings of repugnance, disgust, and aversion. This degree of distaste is seen in the word's history. In earlier use, abhor
sometimes implied an actual shrinking away from something in horror or repugnance. Appropriately, the word's Latin source, the verb abhorrēre
, comes from the prefix ab-
("from, away") and the verb horrēre
("to bristle, shiver, or shudder"). As you may have guessed, the Latin horrēre
is also the source of the English words horror
, and horrible