Jeremy abhorred putting off the completion of the project.2. To disapprove of or to reject something very strongly; to recoil from, or to shudder at: Kay's neighbor has always abhorred loud music because it causes him to have severe headaches.
The family abhors the very thought of having to move again.
Ariana abhorred the mosquitoes that were breeding in the rain barrel by her garage.3. To loathe or to detest: Anyone devoted to democratic ideals must abhor the idea of making distinctions on the basis of religion or race.
Dr. Emmett abhors people who are habitually late for medical appointments.4. Etymology: from Latin abhorrere, "to shrink back from, to have an aversion for, to shudder at"; from ab-. "away" + horrere, "to tremble at, to shudder"; literally, "to bristle, to be shaggy".
The Romans used the stronger term of abhor instead of milder forms of detestation (strong dislike or hatred), just as people do now in modern times.
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The abhorred smell from the open sewer was offensive and finally caused the local government to make some public health improvements.