Abhorrent Ab*hor"rent, a. [L. abhorens, -rentis, p. pr. of abhorrere.] 1. Abhorring; detesting; having or showing abhorrence; loathing; hence, strongly opposed to; as, abhorrent thoughts. [1913 Webster]

The persons most abhorrent from blood and treason. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

The arts of pleasure in despotic courts I spurn abhorrent. --Clover. [1913 Webster]

2. Contrary or repugnant; discordant; inconsistent; -- followed by to. ``Injudicious profanation, so abhorrent to our stricter principles.'' --Gibbon. [1913 Webster]

3. Detestable. ``Pride, abhorrent as it is.'' --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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