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 August 29, 2012

Meanwhile, it is well known that Hollande abhors just this sort of spotlight.
France’s Valerie Trierweiler Tweets Against Segolene Royal Tracy McNicoll June 11, 2012

There’s nothing an Old Etonian abhors more than a kerfuffle, or any major effortfulness.
10 Truths About the British Vote Tunku Varadarajan May 4, 2010

Small said the State Department abhors the violence attributed to Boko Haram.
Nigeria’s Most Sadistic Killers: Why Is Boko Haram Not Designated a Terrorist Group? Eli Lake October 15, 2012

Historical Examples

Imagine it, he abhors his wife intellectually and cannot get away from her physically.
Friedrich Nietzsche Georg Brandes

If he has sometimes worked wrong by us, he has been driven to do that which in his soul he abhors.
The Scapegoat Hall Caine

But Ebenezer Brown abhors plays and players; he detests billiards and cards; strong drink is anathema to him.
Grey Town Gerald Baldwin

Thus the Gael abhors the very roads that lead to a plague-struck dwelling.
John Splendid Neil Munro

He recognizes his importance as a writer, but abhors him as a magician.
The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura Lucius Apuleius

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

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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