abhor:  Abhor comes from Latin abhorrēre, which literally meant ‘shrink back in terror’ (from the prefix ab- ‘away’ and horrēre ‘tremble’ – which also gave English horror and horrid). The word used to have this intransitive meaning ‘be repelled’ in English too, but the transitive usage ‘loathe’ (which was probably introduced from Old French in the 15th century) has completely taken its place.
=> horrid, horror
- abhor (v.)
- mid-15c., from Latin abhorrere "shrink back from, have an aversion for, shudder at," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + horrere "tremble at, shudder," literally "to bristle, be shaggy," from PIE *ghers- "start out, stand out, rise to a point, bristle" (see horror). Related: Abhorred; abhorring.
- 1. They abhor all forms of racial discrimination.
- 2. If nature abhors a vacuum, journalists abhor a transition, when there is little news to cover.
- 3. I abhor every commonplace phrase by which wit is intended.
- 4. I tell you I loathe and abhor my husband and I utterly despise him.
- 5. Communist Party conservatives abhor the idea of condoning explicIt'sex.