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Definition of "abhorrent" []

  • Disgusting, loathsome, or repellent. (adjective)
  • Feeling repugnance or loathing. (adjective)
  • Archaic Being strongly opposed. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "abhorrent" in a sentence
  • "Although Foreign Minister John Baird last week slammed China for what he called "abhorrent acts" against religious believers, both Houlden and Woo said the attack would not cause China inordinate grief."
  • "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who labeled House Republicans 'behavior here "abhorrent," is a vocal opponent of parental consent laws with regard to abortions for underage girls."
  • "But, just as abhorrent is the idea that I should take it upon myself to make sure no one has an opportunity to read those books."