Abhorrence



a feeling of extreme repugnance or aversion; utter loathing; abomination.
something or someone extremely repugnant or loathsome.
Contemporary Examples

For all his caustic polemics, Kristol had an abhorrence of finding himself in the minority.
Glenn Beck’s Creator Lee Siegel September 25, 2009

Historical Examples

Have I beheld sin with an abhorrence far greater than the delight it ever gave me?
A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females Harvey Newcomb

There was accusation, denunciation, abhorrence in the cashier’s gaze.
Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser

Let it not however be supposed that I endured it without repining and abhorrence.
Caleb Williams William Godwin

They formed my character, and filled me with an abhorrence of evil-doers.
Little Dorrit Charles Dickens

I laughed, but Mr. Desmond received the explanation solemnly, and expressed his abhorrence for “the weed.”
That Mother-in-Law of Mine Anonymous

He took it and cast it back to me in abhorrence and contempt, with all the strength he could muster.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Anne Bronte

I used to express my abhorrence of it to a priest whom I met with.
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African Olaudah Equiano

And Plato might also have found that the intuition of evil may be consistent with the abhorrence of it.
The Republic Plato

Make it a Unit, on the other hand, and worship and abhorrence are equally one-sided and equally legitimate reactions.
The Letters of William James, Vol. 1 William James

noun
a feeling of extreme loathing or aversion
a person or thing that is loathsome
n.

1650s; see abhorrent + -ence.

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    to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate. Historical Examples At last, the vigor and courage of one Stowel of Exeter, an abhorrer, put an end to the practice. The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. David Hume verb -hors, -horring, -horred (transitive) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject […]



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    to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate. Historical Examples abhorring equally the toil and the degradation, he deemed it a duty to prevent such a fall, and put his hope in his uncle. Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge In these sentiments I grew, hated and abhorring, despising and contemned. Gomez Arias […]

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    to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate. Contemporary Examples Bauer is aware that current momentum is pointing towards the one-state solution, an outcome he abhors. Accusing Each Other Of Genocide Mira Sucharov March 4, 2013 And so the critique smacks of the same tribal hypocrisy he abhors. Diaspora’s Splendor Jonathan Guyer […]



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