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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj abhorrent offensive to the mind "an abhorrent deed","the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee","morally repugnant customs","repulsive behavior","the most repulsive character in recent novels"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abhorrent Abhorring; detesting; having or showing abhorrence; loathing; hence, strongly opposed to; as, abhorrent thoughts. "The persons most abhorrent from blood and treason.""The arts of pleasure in despotic courts
      I spurn abhorrent ."
    • Abhorrent Contrary or repugnant; discordant; inconsistent; -- followed by to. "Injudicious profanation, so abhorrent to our stricter principles."
    • Abhorrent Detestable. "Pride, abhorrent as it is."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abhorrent Hating; detesting; struck with abhorrence.
    • abhorrent Exciting horror or abhorrence; very repulsive; detestable: as, abhorrent scenes; an abhorrent criminal or course of conduct.
    • abhorrent Contrary; utterly repugnant; causing aversion: formerly with from, now with to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Abhorrent detesting; repugnant (with of)
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abhorens, -rentis, p. pr. of abhorrere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abhorrēre, from ab, from, and horrēre. See Horror.


In literature:

Thou knowest that the old paths are best, and livest in most pious abhorrence of all amendment.
"The Saint's Tragedy" by Charles Kingsley
The revolting sight of the gorged vultures made me turn my back on the towers with ill-concealed abhorrence.
"A further contribution to the study of the mortuary customs of the North American Indians" by H. C. Yarrow
Fasting, under that name, she held in abhorrence.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
Ostentation, display, lavish expenditure would have been abhorrent alike to his taste and his principles.
"Collections and Recollections" by George William Erskine Russell
Your wife has deserted you, has fled in abhorrence of you.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
To the scientific mind, intuitions are abhorrent.
"The Uttermost Farthing" by R. Austin Freeman
Nor did he hate those bright Italian lakes with nearly so strong a feeling of abhorrence.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
I remember of old" (with a smile) "your abhorrence of the sea.
"Nancy" by Rhoda Broughton
Of holy hatred; loathing and abhorrence of sin, which makes us so filthy and odious in the eyes of the Lord.
"Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life" by John Brown (of Wamphray)
We gazed on each other with fear and abhorrence.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 20, No. 580, Supplemental Number" by Various
He was such a downright enemy to form, as substituted for religion, that any dash of untruth or unreality was abhorrent to him.
"Yesterdays with Authors" by James T. Fields
A highly sensitive decency, an abhorrence of crudity, restrained him.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
O hideous feast, abhorr'd, not to be told!
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
But I myself, I am not abhorrent to you?
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
And is it unsafe in this metropolis to express abhorrence of the deed?
"William Lloyd Garrison" by Archibald H. Grimke
This from Charley, the abandoned, the depraved, the unutterably abhorrent in her sight.
"Life and Gabriella" by Ellen Glasgow
Abhorrent nature of Slavery, 18.
"Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave, Written by Himself" by Henry Bibb
I used to express my abhorrence of it to a priest whom I met with.
"The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African" by Olaudah Equiano
Thieves are considered by the Esquimaux in general with abhorrence, and with a thief no one is willing to trade.
"Journal of a Voyage from Okkak, on the Coast of Labrador, to Ungava Bay, Westward of Cape Chudleigh" by Benjamin Kohlmeister and George Kmoch
But while waiting, his musings turned to hateful thoughts of all his kindred, and abhorrence of all good.
"The City and the World and Other Stories" by Francis Clement Kelley

In poetry:

God save thee Neela in a strife,
By nature's heart abhorr'd:
And God defend each hapless wife,
Who has a jealous lord!
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
I hate to walk, I hate to sit,
With men of vanity and lies
The scoffer and the hypocrite
Are the abhorrence of mine eyes.
"Psalm 26" by Isaac Watts
"A being, whom no blessed word
To ghostly peace can bring;
A wretch, at whose approach abhorr'd,
Recoils each holy thing.
"The Gray Brother" by Sir Walter Scott
Had'st advanc'd to higher fame
Still, thy much-ennobled name,
Nor in Charon's skiff explored
The Tartarean gulph abhorr'd.
"On The Death Of The Vice-Chancellor, A Physician (Translated From Milton)" by William Cowper
"Him, as their prey, two vultures seek,
With ravenous rage abhorr'd;
But Hero guarded from their beak,
The visage of his lord!"
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley
Son of avarice, soul of frost,
Wretch! of Heaven abhorr'd the most,
Learn to pity others' wants,
Or avoid these hallow'd haunts.
"Inscription In A Beautiful Retreat Called Fairy Bower" by Hannah More

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.
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.
The term "entitlement" is abhorrent to me.
Judge's abhorrent, familiar views on 'technical' rape earn rebuke.
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.
"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence,"— Frederick Douglass.