abhor (third-person singular simple present abhors, present participle abhorring, simple past and past participle abhorred)
- (transitive) To regard with horror or detestation; to shrink back with shuddering from; to feel excessive repugnance toward; to detest to extremity; to loathe. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- 1611, Romans 12:9, King James Bible:
- Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
- (transitive, obsolete, impersonal) To fill with horror or disgust. [Attested from the mid 16th century until the early 17th century.]
- (transitive) To turn aside or avoid; to keep away from; to reject.
- (transitive, canon law, obsolete) To protest against; to reject solemnly.
- c. 1613 William Shakespeare, Henry VIII, act 2, scene 4:
- I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul Refuse you for my judge.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To shrink back with horror, disgust, or dislike; to be contrary or averse; construed with from. [Attested from the mid 16th century until the mid 17th century.]
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Udall to this entry?):
- To abhor from those vices.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?):
- Which is utterly abhorring from the end of all law.
- (intransitive, obsolete) Differ entirely from. [Attested from the mid 16th century until the late 17th century.]
to regard with horror or detestation
- Latin: abhorreō
- Maori: konekone, whakahouhou
- Norwegian: avsky (no)
- Occitan: aborrir (oc)
- Polish: czuć odrazę, nie cierpieć
- Portuguese: abominar (pt), detestar (pt)
- Romanian: abhora (ro), detesta (ro)
- Russian: ненави́деть (ru) (nenavídetʹ), пита́ть отвраще́ние (pitátʹ otvraščénije)
- Scottish Gaelic: gràinich, fuathaich
- Spanish: aborrecer (es), detestar (es), abominar (es)
- Swedish: avsky (sv)
- Thai: เกลียด (th) (glìat), เกลียดชัง (glìat chang), ชัง (th) (chang), ขยะแขยง (th) (kae-ya-kae-yaeng)
- Turkish: nefret etmek (tr)
- Welsh: cashau
- abhor in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- abhor in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
↑ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 , ISBN 0550142304), page 2
1 2 3 4 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 4