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

Definitions of abhorrent word

  • adjective abhorrent If something is abhorrent to you, you hate it very much or consider it completely unacceptable. 3
  • adjective abhorrent repugnant; loathsome 3
  • adjective abhorrent feeling extreme aversion or loathing (for) 3
  • adjective abhorrent conflicting (with) 3
  • adjective abhorrent causing disgust, hatred, etc.; detestable 3
  • adjective abhorrent feeling abhorrence 3

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Origin of abhorrent

First appearance:

before 1610
One of the 40% oldest English words
First recorded in 1610-20, abhorrent is from the Latin word abhorrent- (stem of abhorrēns, present participle of abhorrēre). See abhor, -ent

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Parts of speech for Abhorrent


abhorrent popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abhorrent

adj abhorrent

  • despicable — If you say that a person or action is despicable, you are emphasizing that they are extremely nasty, cruel, or evil.
  • repulsive — causing repugnance or aversion: a repulsive mask.
  • loathsome — causing feelings of loathing; disgusting; revolting; repulsive: a loathsome skin disease.
  • detestable — If you say that someone or something is detestable, you mean you dislike them very much.
  • offensive — causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying: offensive television commercials.

adjective abhorrent

  • repugnant — distasteful, objectionable, or offensive: a repugnant smell.
  • objectionable — causing or tending to cause an objection, disapproval, or protest.
  • hateful — arousing hate or deserving to be hated: the hateful oppression of dictators.
  • distasteful — unpleasant, offensive, or causing dislike: a distasteful chore.
  • disgusting — causing disgust; offensive to the physical, moral, or aesthetic taste.

Antonyms for abhorrent

adjective abhorrent

  • desirable — Something that is desirable is worth having or doing because it is useful, necessary, or popular.

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