Definition of abhorrent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əbˈhɒrənt//
; NAmE NAmE//əbˈhɔːrənt//
, NAmE//əbˈhɑːrənt//
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abhorrent (to somebody) (formal) causing hatred, especially for moral reasons synonym repugnant Racism is abhorrent to a civilized society. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin abhorrent- ‘shuddering away from in horror’, from the verb abhorrere, from ab- ‘away from’ + horrere ‘to shudder’.Extra examples I find the idea totally abhorrent. Such a savage punishment is abhorrent to a civilized society. To the local people, this was an abhorrent idea.
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