abhorrence

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

abhor +‎ -ence

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /əbˈhɔɹ.n̩s/, /əbˈhɔɹ.n̩ts/, /əbˈhɑɹ.n̩s/, /əbˈhɑɹ.n̩ts/
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Noun[edit]

abhorrence (plural abhorrences)

  1. Extreme aversion or detestation; the feeling of utter dislike or loathing. [Mid 17th century.][1]
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 9, 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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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 4