- (archaic) Inconsistent with, or far removed from, something; strongly opposed [Late 16th century.]
- abhorrent thoughts
- 1803, Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France:
- The persons most abhorrent from blood, and treason, and arbitrary confiscation, might remain silent spectators of this civil war between the vices.
- Contrary to something; discordant. [Mid 17th century.]
- 1990, James Hankins, Plato in the Italian Renaissance:
- In establishing his ideal state he expressed some opinions utterly abhorrent to our customs and ways of living. He believed, for instance, that all wives should be held in common ... with the result that no one could tell his own children from those of a perfect stranger.
- Abhorring; detesting; having or showing abhorrence; loathing. [Mid 18th century.]
- Detestable or repugnant. [Early 19th century.]
- Nouns to which abhorrent is often applied: behavior, act, crime, practice, thing.
- (opposed): abhorrent is typically followed by from.
- (contrary): abhorrent is followed by to.
contrary or discordant
detesting; showing abhorrence
detestable or repugnant
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- “abhorrent” 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, page 4.
- abhorrent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- abhorrent in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
- abhorrent at OneLook Dictionary Search