• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abhorring Detestation.
    • Abhorring Object of abhorrence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abhorring A feeling of abhorrence; loathing.
    • n abhorring An object of abhorrence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Abhorring (B. and Shak.) object of abhorrence
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  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “The American people abhor a vacuum.”
  • Joseph Brodsky
    “What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Nature abhors a vacuum. When a head lacks brains, nature fills it with conceit.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”


Nature abhors a vacuum - This idiom is used to express the idea that empty or unfilled spaces are unnatural as they go against the laws of nature and physics.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abhorrēre, from ab, from, and horrēre. See Horror.


In literature:

Above everything I abhor as hell the idea of sneaking into a corner to avoid a dun.
"The Letters of Robert Burns" by Robert Burns
They had no territorial divisions, and abhorred cities as prisons of despotism.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
Lands intersected by a narrow frith Abhor each other.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
They abhorred absolutism; they abhor it still; to destroy it they had risked their Revolution.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IX" by John Lord
He was benevolent, sincere, and just in his dealings, abhorring deceit, flattery, falsehood, injustice, and all dishonesty.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XI" by John Lord
I abhor to make sport with wickedness, and forbid any laughter here but of disdain.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
I conjure you not to make me abhor myself!
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Poverty and want are so violent oppugners, so unwelcome guests, so much abhorred of all men, that I may not omit to speak of them apart.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Who, Balaam-like, try a thousand expedients to force from the mouth of Jehovah a sentence which they know the heart of Jehovah abhors!
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Who, Balaam-like, try a thousand expedients to force from the mouth of Jehovah a sentence which they know the heart of Jehovah abhors!
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
I abhor that prejudice.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
But if now she finds thee a villain, thou mayest never more engage her attention, and she perhaps will refuse and abhor thee.
"Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
I have lived there since I left France in the abhorred year of '92, with tears of rage in my eyes!
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
He abhorred the politics of prestige.
"Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham" by Harold J. Laski
I abhor the whole tribe of cats!
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
Sir, we abhor the idea of making a conquest of our countrymen.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Didn't I say if it were some one I did not absolutely abhor?
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
She cared but little for dress and abhorred loud or conspicuous garments of any kind.
"Pocket Island" by Charles Clark Munn
I abhor mysticism, as I do deceit.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
They all alike despised superstition and abhorred despotism.
"Mexico and its Religion" by Robert A. Wilson

In poetry:

While sinners do thy gospel wrong
My spirit stands in awe;
My soul abhors a lying tongue,
But loves thy righteous law.
"Psalm 119 part 13" by Isaac Watts
Awake, arise, Almighty Lord,
Why sleeps thy wonted grace?
Why should we look like men abhorred
Or banished from thy face?
"Psalm 44" by Isaac Watts
Art in thine own esteem a beast,
And dost thyself abhor?
The more thou hast of self-distaste,
Thy Husband loves the more.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
But then it has a sweet reward--
Progression is the fruit,
But some this sweetness have abhorred
For others have the boot.
"Discontent" by Jared Barhite
Among her chiefs who spun their plots,
Old Kraken stood the sword:
As sharp his wits for cutting knots
Of babble he abhorred.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
She veiled her eagles, snapped her sword,
And laid her sceptre down;
Her stately purple she abhorred,
And her imperial crown.
"The Pagan World" by Matthew Arnold

In news:

Ronald Reagan, you may recall, was the President who abhorred big Government, cost overruns and busybody Federal regulators.
Doctors are taught to abhor bias.
There are plenty of good reasons why laugh track s have become almost universally abhorred in the television landscape.
There's a certain population of the boxing community that abhors the mere idea of a pound-for-pound list used as a scientific tool to compare fighters.
Frances Darby, the late founder of Paragon Industries, lived through the Great Depression and abhorred waste.
Nature abhors a vacuum—at least in the little nook of the universe we inhabit.
Nature abhors a vacuum, and nothing sucks in the stupid quite like the period after a big, paradigm-changing election.
) Movie critics abhor him.
Then enters conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel who prefaced her criticisms of Serena by saying she abhorred the attacks levied at Gabby Douglas over her hair.
As a painfully shy teen, he abhorred being in the limelight and wasn't attracted to music, especially singing.
California Democrats are creating the very income and wealth disparities they claim to abhor.
Like cilantro, it was something I abhorred at first taste: licorice, the scourge of jellybeans and Good & Plenty.
Yet the vast majority of Jamaicans in the Toronto area abhor violence, support law and order and work hard to provide for their families and to make Toronto a better place to live.
As a journalist , I abhor censorship.
I abhor pedophilia and any sexual abuse of children, and know that this was a gigantic error of judgment on my behalf.

In science:

It is no wonder that the vast ma jority of experimentalists, recognizing randomization as the greatest strength of their research design, abhor unnecessary assumptions and avoid model-based estimation in most stuations.
Rejoinder: Matched Pairs and the Future of Cluster-Randomized Experiments
Medved, “A comment on black hole entropy or why Nature abhors a logarithm,” Class.
Logarithmic Corrections to Schwarzschild and Other Non-extremal Black Hole Entropy in Different Dimensions
When it is used, rather than plotting the averages weighted with A1 and A2 , whose side-lobes are invariably worse than those explicitly designed by OLA to abhor them, it is common merely to plot the parametrized representations of δlny1 and δlny2 that result.
Heliophysics gleaned from seismology