Abhor



to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.
Contemporary Examples

I rarely mention Hamas without saying that I abhor its values.
What Shmuley Boteach Doesn’t Understand Peter Beinart June 13, 2013

Liberals are supposed to abhor that sort of thing and find less loaded terms where they can.
‘Neoconservative’ Needs to Be Retired. Why Not Try ‘Imperialist’? Peter Beinart June 4, 2013

I abhor the Hamas charter with its anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist, anti-Western, anti-democratic call for a Judenrein Palestine.
Sheltered In Jerusalem Gil Troy November 16, 2012

Conservatives may abhor affirmative action, but they adore tokenism.
An Affirmative Action Pick Dana Goldstein May 25, 2009

They claim worshipping at graves and shrines is un-Islamic and idolatrous and abhor the Sufi use of music and dance.
Ultraconservative Salafists Destroy Sufi Landmarks in Libya Jamie Dettmer September 3, 2012

Historical Examples

The floors I abhor, made of red tiles in the shape of Mrs. Quincy’s floor-cloth tiles.
Abigail Adams and Her Times Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

It is only for being what is called by that name that I abhor him.
Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Their sole cosmetic consisted in unguents, which we now abhor as characteristic of the Hottentots.
A World of Wonders Various

I should abhor these clandestine correspondences, were they not forced upon me.
Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson

I despise a weak woman, I hate a masculine one, and a pedantic one I abhor.
Love After Marriage; and Other Stories of the Heart Caroline Lee Hentz

verb -hors, -horring, -horred
(transitive) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject
v.

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.

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