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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-hawr]
    • /æbˈhɔr/
    • /əˈbɔːr/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-hawr]
    • /æbˈhɔr/

Definitions of abhor word

  • verb abhor If you abhor something, you hate it very much, especially for moral reasons. 3
  • verb abhor to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject 3
  • verb transitive abhor to shrink from in disgust, hatred, etc.; detest 3
  • verb with object abhor to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate. 1
  • noun abhor Regard with disgust and hatred. 1
  • transitive verb abhor detest 1

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Origin of abhor

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin abhorrēre to shrink back from, shudder at, equivalent to ab- ab- + horrēre to bristle, tremble

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Parts of speech for Abhor


abhor popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abhor usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abhor

verb abhor

  • scorn — open or unqualified contempt; disdain: His face and attitude showed the scorn he felt.
  • despise — If you despise something or someone, you dislike them and have a very low opinion of them.
  • detest — If you detest someone or something, you dislike them very much.
  • hate — to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
  • loathe — to feel disgust or intense aversion for; abhor: I loathe people who spread malicious gossip.

Antonyms for abhor

verb abhor

  • admire — If you admire someone or something, you like and respect them very much.
  • cherish — If you cherish something such as a hope or a pleasant memory, you keep it in your mind for a long period of time.
  • adore — If you adore someone, you feel great love and admiration for them.
  • relish — liking or enjoyment of the taste of something.
  • like — in like manner with; similarly to; in the manner characteristic of: He works like a beaver.

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