To regard with horror or detestation; to shrink back with shuddering from; to feel excessive repugnance toward; to detest to extremity; to loathe.
To fill with horror or disgust.
To turn aside or avoid; to keep away from; to reject.
To protest against; to reject solemnly.
To shrink back with horror, disgust, or dislike; to be contrary or averse; -- with from.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Abhor is stronger than despise, implying a shuddering recoil, especially a moral recoil. "How many shun evil as inconvenient who do not abhor it as hateful."
TrenchSerm. in Westm. Abbey xxvi, 297. [ Murray's"New English Dictionary"] Detest expresses indignation, with something of contempt. Loathe implies disgust, physical or moral. We abhor a traitor, despise a coward, detest a liar. We dislike an uncivil person. We abhor cruelty, hate tyranny. We loathe a reptile or a flatterer. We abhor Milton's heroic Satan, but we can not despise him.
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All of us can think of a book... that we hope none of our children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf -that work I abhor- then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us.
I hold a creed, which no one ever taught me, and which I seldon mention, but in which I delight, and to which I cling, for it extends hope to all; it makes eternity a rest - a mighty home - not a terror and an abyss. With this creed, I can so clearly distinguish between the criminal and his crime, I can so sincerly forgive the first while I abhor the last; with this creed, revenge never worries my heart, degredation never too deeply disgusts me, injustice bever crushes me too low; I live in calm, looking to the end.
We abhor drug crime, but we abhor the death penalty. We think that these two Australians deserve to be punished, but they certainly don't deserve to be executed.
…revenge reduces you to your worst self, puts you on the same level with those spiteful people we claim to abhor.
We abhor the language of division and hate – and words such as 'saboteur', 'traitor', 'enemy', 'surrender', 'betrayal' have no place in our party, our politics, nor in our society.
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- гнуся се, отвращавам сеBulgarian
- detestar, abominar, aborrecerSpanish
- خجالت زدهPersian
- avoir horreur, abhorrerFrench
- gràinich, fuathaichScottish Gaelic
- घृणा करनाHindi
- aborrire, abominareItalian
- verafschuwen, walgen vanDutch
- czuć odrazę, nie cierpiećPolish
- detestar, abominarPortuguese
- abhora, detestaRomanian
- ненавидеть, питать отвращениеRussian
- เกลียด, เกลียดชัง, ชัง, ขยะแขยงThai
- nefret etmekTurkish
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