Adjective "abhorrent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Inspiring disgust and loathing; repugnant.
  1. 'Let me state now that I do find prostitution to be abhorrent.'
  2. 'And he felt it was up to politicians to outlaw abhorrent practice.'
  3. 'They've manipulated it into existence and I find that abhorrent.'
  4. 'The idea that covenant marriage ought to be sanctioned by the state is illiberal, reprehensible and abhorrent.'
  5. 'It has a powerful way of making acceptable what was once abhorrent or repulsive.'
  6. 'Begging is a horrible word and yet it is not as abhorrent as stealing.'
  7. 'Whatever the cause, I discovered that I was terrorised and was behaving in ways that were both irrational and abhorrent.'
  8. 'I find it abhorrent that some groups of Bolton's community, such as pensioners, will struggle to meet the increase.'
  9. 'They must reject the abhorrent demands of hostage takers and bandits and, if necessary, commit more funds and more troops.'
  10. 'Abusive child labor is abhorrent and should be banned and eradicated.'


1. causing repugnance; detestable; loathsome: an abhorrent deed.

2. utterly opposed, or contrary, or in conflict (usually followed by to): abhorrent to reason.

3. feeling extreme repugnance or aversion (usually followed by of): abhorrent of waste.

4. remote in character (usually followed by from): abhorrent from the principles of law.

More examples(as adjective)

"ideas can be abhorrent to societies."

"ideas can be abhorrent to people."

"thoughts can be abhorrent to people."

"returns can be abhorrent to masses."

"promiscuities can be abhorrent to juries."

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Late 16th century: from Latin abhorrent- ‘shuddering away from in horror’, from the verb abhorrere (see abhor).