What Does It Mean To An Abhor?

Find out the definition of the word “abhor” and how to use it in a sentence.

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The definition of abhor

Abhor (verb): to feel strong dislike for or hostility toward something.

The synonyms of abhor

abhor (verb)
1. to detest greatly; to loathe
Synonyms: detest, despise, hate, execrate
Example Sentences: I abhor cruelty to animals.

The synonyms of abhor are detest, despise, hate, and execrate.

The antonyms of abhor

Abhor (verb): to hate someone or something very much

The antonyms of abhor are to love, adore, or like.

The etymology of abhor

The word “abhor” has its origins in the Latin word abhorrere, which means “to shrink back in horror.” The word was first used in English in the early 1500s. It is derived from the prefix ab-, which means “away from,” and the word horrere, which means “to tremble or shudder.”

The first known use of abhor

The first known use of abhor was in the 14th century. See more words from the same century

The pronunciation of abhor

The word abhor is pronounced /əbˈhɔː/. The ‘o’ in the spelling is there to remind us of the ‘or’ in words such as colour or honour. It is a very old-fashioned way of pronouncing the word and it is not used in standard British English. If you want to sound very old-fashioned, you can say /æbˈhɔː/.

The example sentences of abhor

Abhor definition: If you abhor something, you hate it and want to stay away from it. | meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples. The word “abhor” has appeared in 21 New York Times articles in the past year, including on April 26 in “Quotation of the Day” by Kitty Bennett: “‘I abhor violence,’ Mr. Biden said.”