Verb abhor Definition and Examples


Verb:

abhor

Definition as verb:

Verb

abhor (third-person singular simple present abhors, present participle abhorring, simple past and past participle abhorred)

  1. (transitive) To regard with horror or detestation; to shrink back with shuddering from; to feel excessive repugnance toward; to detest to extremity; to loathe. [2]
  2. (transitive, obsolete, impersonal) To fill with horror or disgust. [2]
  3. (transitive) To turn aside or avoid; to keep away from; to reject.
  4. (transitive, canon law, obsolete) To protest against; to reject solemnly.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To shrink back with horror, disgust, or dislike; to be contrary or averse; construed with from. [2]
  6. (intransitive, obsolete) Differ entirely from. [2]

More definition:


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

1. (transitive) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject Derived Formsabhorrer, noun Word OriginC15, from Latin abhorrēre to shudder at, shrink from, from ab- away from + horrēre to bristle, shudderCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.

Examples:

I abhor this type of insulting behavior. 

If you abhor racism, you can make a difference. 

The teacher abhors bullying. 

I abhor the conditions under which we commercially raise farm animals today.



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