Abhorrence  

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This page Abhorrence is part of the disgust series. Illustration: The Bitter Potion  (c. 1635) by Adriaen Brouwer
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This page Abhorrence is part of the disgust series.
Illustration: The Bitter Potion (c. 1635) by Adriaen Brouwer

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Adjective

abhorrent

  1. Abhorring; detesting; having or showing abhorrence; loathing; hence, strongly opposed to; as, abhorrent thoughts.
    • The persons most abhorrent from blood and treason - Burke
    • The arts of pleasure in despotic courts I spurn abhorrent - Clover
  2. Contrary or repugnant; discordant; inconsistent; -- followed by to.
    • Injudicious profanation, so abhorrent to our stricter principles. -- Gibbon
  3. Detestable
    • Pride, abhorrent as it is - I. Taylor

Etymology

First attested in 1449. From Middle English abhorren, from Latin abhorreō (“shrink away from in horror”), from ab (“from”) + horreō (“stand aghast, bristle with fear”)



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