• WordNet 3.6
    • v abhor find repugnant "I loathe that man","She abhors cats"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abhor To fill with horror or disgust. "It doth abhor me now I speak the word."
    • Abhor (Canon Law) To protest against; to reject solemnly. "I utterly abhor , yea, from my soul
      Refuse you for my judge."
    • v. i Abhor To shrink back with horror, disgust, or dislike; to be contrary or averse; -- with "To abhor from those vices.""Which is utterly abhorring from the end of all law."
    • Abhor To shrink back with shuddering from; to regard with horror or detestation; to feel excessive repugnance toward; to detest to extremity; to loathe. "Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abhor Literally, to shrink back from with horror or dread; hence, to regard with repugnance; hate extremely or with loathing; loathe, detest, or abominate: as, to abhor evil; to abhor intrigue.
    • abhor To fill with horror and loathing; horrify.
    • abhor Synonyms Hate, Abhor, Detest, etc. See hate.
    • abhor To shrink back with disgust, or with fear and shudderings.
    • abhor To be antagonistic; be averse or of opposite character: with from.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Abhor ab-hor′ to shrink from with horror: to detest: to loathe
    • pr.p Abhor abhor′ring; pa.p. abhorred′
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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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abhorrere,; ab, + horrere, to bristle, shiver, shudder: cf. F. abhorrer,. See Horrid


In literature:

Nature abhors a vacuum.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VII" by Various
Shall I not hate them who abhor me?
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
In short, we should esteem Virtue though in a Foe, and abhor Vice though in a Friend.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Men of sense in all ages abhor those customs which treat us only as the vassals of your sex.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
The mind, like nature, abhors vacuum.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Why do they at that time abhor their meat?
"The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher" by Anonymous
I abhor women who take blue-ink baths.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
He abhorred bloodshed and the sacrifice of men's lives.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
But there is one bond which his 'abhorred shears' cannot cut.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
I abhor them yet more and more.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXLV. July, 1844. Vol. LVI." by Various

In poetry:

The abhorred spring of Dis,
With seething presciences
The preparate worm.
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
Grief, who still for death doth long,
Always self-abhorred,
Has but one low, troubled song,
I am sorry, Lord.
"December 27, 1879" by George MacDonald
I seek myself incessantly
Yet daily do myself deny.
To me 'tis lawful, evermore,
Myself to love and to abhor.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Establish peace, for us, O Lord,
In everlasting grace,
Nor let us be of Thee abhorred,
Who art our dwelling-place.
"Establish Peace" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
His lips abhor to talk profane,
To slander or defraud;
His ready tongue declares to men
What he has learned of God.
"Psalm 37 part 2" by Isaac Watts
How shall we speak to Thee, O LORD,
Or how in silence lie?
Look on us, and we are abhorred,
Turn from us, and we die.
"Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble

In news:

Nick Saban adored by fans, abhorred by media.
Ronald Reagan, you may recall, was the President who abhorred big Government, cost overruns and busybody Federal regulators.
The gay-marriage mob is guilty — of the very ugly bigotry it claims to abhor.
Pop music abhors a vacuum.
Alternately encouraged and banned, praised and abhorred, it is one of the most contentious issues and practices in our legal system and in our political consciousness.
Unlike Obama, fascists abhorred class warfare (and labor's efforts to foment it) because such societal divisions ran counter to their nationalist ideology.
In fact, they have often been abhorring.
Nature abhors a vacuum, and the Outpost editor, a thoroughly natural man, rushes to fill the vacuum left by the end of Ed Kemmick's column, here and here.
I'm in the love camp, but I've met a number of people who abhor them.
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.

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