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EtymologyEdit

abhor +‎ -ence

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əbˈhɒɹ.n̩s/, /əbˈhɒɹ.n̩ts/
  • (US) IPA(key): /əbˈhɔɹ.n̩s/, /əbˈhɔɹ.n̩ts/, /əbˈhɑɹ.n̩s/, /əbˈhɑɹ.n̩ts/
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NounEdit

abhorrence (countable and uncountable, plural abhorrences)

  1. Extreme aversion or detestation; the feeling of utter dislike or loathing. [Mid 17th century.][1]
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 9, in Frankenstein[1]:
      My abhorrence of this fiend cannot be conceived.
  2. (obsolete, historical) An expression of abhorrence, in particular any of the parliamentary addresses dictated towards Charles II. [Late 17th century.][1]
  3. A person or thing that is loathsome; a detested thing. [Mid 18th century.][1]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 “abhorrence” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 4.