• WordNet 3.6
    • n abhorrence hate coupled with disgust
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Abhorrence Extreme hatred or detestation; the feeling of utter dislike.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abhorrence The act of abhorring; a feeling of extreme aversion or detestation; strong hatred.
    • n abhorrence An expression of abhorrence. Specifically, an address presented in 1680 to Charles II. of England, expressing abhorrence of the Addressers (which see).
    • n abhorrence That which excites repugnance or loathing: as, servility is my abhorrence. Synonyms Horror, hatred, detestation, repugnance, disgust, loathing, shrinking, antipathy, aversion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Abhorrence extreme hatred; (obs.) Abhor′rency
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  • Malcolm Muggeridge
    “There's nothing is this world more instinctively abhorrent to me than finding myself in agreement with my fellow-humans.”
  • James Joyce
    “There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “The question is this -- Is man an ape or an angel? My Lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new fanged theories.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilisation.”


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


In literature:

To sell one's thoughts was abhorrent to the young man, but to marry for money was quite another thing.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Let calumny and abhorrence pursue me among men; I shall not be defrauded of my dues.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
As to any jest on any holy day, that was, beyond all other things, most abhorrent to their ideas of Christian duty.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I. February, 1862, No. II." by Various
It all seemed very terrible and confused to Leam, to whom things complex and entangled were abhorrent.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 99, March, 1876" by Various
She held the works in abhorrence.
"Leonora" by Arnold Bennett
To no people would a traitor be so abhorrent.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
The natives, though still wary, had lost their abhorrence of the place.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Priests may marry and eat meat, practices utterly abhorrent to the older and more primitive Buddhism.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
This seems to be a great occasion and reason to have an abhorrance for marrying.
"The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and The Confession of the New-married Couple (1682)" by A. Marsh
Because God often declares his detestation and abhorrence of others being there, and manifests his indignation against them.
"The Divine Right of Church Government" by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London

In poetry:

"And Might."—
"Get thee behind me. Lord,
Who hast redeem'd and not abhorr'd
My soul, oh keep it by Thy Word."
"The Three Enemies" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Suppose a Jew, the most abhorr'd of men,
Shou'd guard thee sleeping in th' inclement air,
'Mongst rav'nous beasts, or near a lion's den:
Wou'dst thou not thank him kindly for his care?
"A Warning, Or Admonition, To Every Man, To Think On God In The Morning" by Rees Prichard
Whom none can work or wooe,
To use in any thing a trick or sleight;
For above all things he abhorres deceit:
His words and works and fashion too
All of a piece, and all are cleare and straight.
"Constancie" by George Herbert
The courtier's cringe, the flatt'rer's abject smile,
The subtle arts of well-dissembled praise,
Thy soul abhorr'd;­above the gloss of guile,
Truth lead thy steps, and Friendship crown'd thy days.
"Elegy to the Memory of David Garrick, Esq." by Mary Darby Robinson
"Where is the bridge that is most broad?
What is, by man, the most abhorr'd?
Where leads, where leads, the highest road up?
And say, where the hottest of drink they sup."
Look out, look out, Svend Vonved.
"Svend Vonved" by George Borrow
"Ice is, of bridges, the bridge most broad.
The toad is, of all things, the most abhorr'd.
To paradise leads the highest road up:
And in hell the hottest of drink they sup."
Look out, look out, Svend Vonved.
"Svend Vonved" by George Borrow

In news:

Billboard Comparing Obama to Colorado Shooting Suspect Called ' Abhorrent '.
PM opposes ' abhorrent ' whale research.
My right to say abhorrent things.
The problem with clichés, we've found, is the same problem that crops up around stereotypes: Their abhorrent existence is made all the more awful by those who reinforce them.
It's a shame that Mark Fabian in his Tuesday letter would find altruistic, selfless and much- needed Christian mission efforts so abhorrent.
'OK, we welcome you, but our God thinks that what you are is abhorrent.
Based on Barber 's recantation and what he called "abhorrent" behavior by Ebert, the federal judge in Norfolk eventually overturned Wolfe's conviction and death sentence, and sent the case back to Prince William for a retrial.
Coming in as the basketball shot heard around the world, this guy makes Shaq's abhorrent excuse for a free throw look like a game-winning miracle.
We jail people when we have despaired of any other way of dealing with their abhorrent behavior.
Judge's abhorrent, familiar views on 'technical' rape earn rebuke.
This shift upset the balance between men and women initiating the disappearance of goddesses , the abhorrence of images, and, in literacy's early stages, the decline of women's political status.
One of the most abhorrent expressions of intolerance is the dismissal of another people's food.
Judge 's abhorrent, familiar views on 'technical' rape earn rebuke.
After all, the Internet is all about speed, efficiency, innovation, competition and freedom -- all attributes the federal government finds abhorrent.
Charles Lindbergh 's abhorrence of any display of emotion or weakness took a toll on his family.