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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-hawr-uh ns, -hor-]
    • /æbˈhɔr əns, -ˈhɒr-/
    • /əˈbɒr.əns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-hawr-uh ns, -hor-]
    • /æbˈhɔr əns, -ˈhɒr-/

Definitions of abhorrence word

  • uncountable noun abhorrence Someone's abhorrence of something is their strong hatred of it. 4
  • noun abhorrence a feeling of extreme loathing or aversion 4
  • noun abhorrence a person or thing that is loathsome 3
  • noun abhorrence an abhorring; loathing; detestation 3
  • noun abhorrence something abhorred; something repugnant 3
  • noun abhorrence a feeling of extreme repugnance or aversion; utter loathing; abomination. 1

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Origin of abhorrence

First appearance:

before 1650
One of the 45% oldest English words
First recorded in 1650-60; abhorr(ent) + -ence

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Parts of speech for Abhorrence


abhorrence popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for abhorrence

noun abhorrence

  • odium — intense hatred or dislike, especially toward a person or thing regarded as contemptible, despicable, or repugnant.
  • repugnance — the state of being repugnant.
  • hate — to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
  • horror — an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear: to shrink back from a mutilated corpse in horror.
  • malice — desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness: the malice and spite of a lifelong enemy.

Antonyms for abhorrence

noun abhorrence

  • liking — Usually, likes. the things a person likes: a long list of likes and dislikes.
  • kindness — the state or quality of being kind: kindness to animals.
  • love — a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
  • loving — feeling or showing love; warmly affectionate; fond: loving glances.
  • like — in like manner with; similarly to; in the manner characteristic of: He works like a beaver.

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