verb (abhor, r, ing)
- (transitive) To regard with horror or detestation; to shrink back with shuddering from; to feel excessive repugnance toward; to detest to extremity; to loathe.
Etymology: From Latin abhorrere, from ab- + horrere "to stand aghast".
- Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. - Romans 12:9
- (transitive) (obsolete) To fill with horror or disgust.
- It does me now I speak the word. - Shakespeare, Othello, IV-i
- (transitive) (canon law) (obsolete) To protest against; to reject solemnly.
- I utterly , yea, from my soul Refuse you for my judge. - Shakespeare, Henry VIII, II-iv
- (intransitive) (obsolete) To shrink back with horror, disgust, or dislike; to be contrary or averse; -- with from.
- To from those vices. - Udall
- Which is utterly abhorring from the end of all law. - Milton
- Known cognates: French: abhorrer.
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