abhor
\ \ [15] Abhor comes from Latin abhorrēre, which literally meant ‘shrink back in terror’ (from the prefix ab- ‘away’ and horrēretremble’ – which also gave English horror and horrid). The word used to have this intransitive meaning ‘be repelled’ in English too, but the transitive usage ‘loathe’ (which was probably introduced from Old French in the 15th century) has completely taken its place.
\ \ Cf.HORRID, HORROR

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  • Abhor — Ab*hor , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abhorred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abhorring}.] [L. abhorrere; ab + horrere to bristle, shiver, shudder: cf. F. abhorrer. See {Horrid}.] 1. To shrink back with shuddering from; to regard with horror or detestation; to feel… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abhor — Ab*hor , v. i. To shrink back with horror, disgust, or dislike; to be contrary or averse; with from. [Obs.] To abhor from those vices. Udall. [1913 Webster] Which is utterly abhorring from the end of all law. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abhor — index blame, condemn (ban), contemn, disdain, forswear, reject, renounce, shun …   Law dictionary

  • abhor — (v.) mid 15c., from L. abhorrere shrink back from, have an aversion for, shudder at, from ab away (see AB (Cf. ab )) + horrere tremble at, shudder, lit. to bristle, be shaggy, from PIE *ghers start out, stand out, rise to a point, bristle (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • abhor — abominate, loathe, detest, *hate Analogous words: *despise, contemn, scorn: shun, avoid, eschew (see ESCAPE) Antonyms: admire (persons, their qualities, acts): enjoy (things which are a matter of taste) Contrasted words: *like, love, relish, dote …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abhor — [v] regard with contempt or disgust abominate, be allergic to*, be down on*, be grossed out by*, despise, detest, hate, have no use for*, loathe, scorn; concept 29 Ant. admire, adore, approve, cherish, desire, enjoy, like, love, relish …   New thesaurus

  • abhor — ► VERB (abhorred, abhorring) ▪ detest; hate. ORIGIN Latin abhorrere, from horrere to shudder …   English terms dictionary

  • abhor — [ab hôr′, əbhôr] vt. abhorred, abhorring [ME abhorren < L abhorrere < ab , away, from + horrere, to shudder: see HORRID] to shrink from in disgust, hatred, etc.; detest SYN. HATE abhorrer n …   English World dictionary

  • abhor — [[t]æbhɔ͟ː(r)[/t]] abhors, abhorring, abhorred VERB If you abhor something, you hate it very much, especially for moral reasons. [FORMAL] [V n] He was a man who abhorred violence and was deeply committed to reconciliation... [V n] If nature… …   English dictionary

  • abhor — UK [əbˈhɔː(r)] / US [əbˈhɔr] verb [transitive] Word forms abhor : present tense I/you/we/they abhor he/she/it abhors present participle abhorring past tense abhorred past participle abhorred formal to dislike something very much, usually because… …   English dictionary

  • abhor — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. hate. Ant., love. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. detest, abominate, loathe; see hate 1 . See Synonym Study at hate . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [ab HOR] to hate, detest or be… …   English dictionary for students

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