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- (archaic) Inconsistent with; far removed from; strongly opposed to, as, abhorrent thoughts. [Late 16th century.]
1803, Edmund Burke, :
- The persons most abhorrent from blood, and treason, and arbitrary confiscation, might remain silent spectators of this civil war between the vices.
- Contrary to; 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 folled by from.
- (contrary): abhorrent is followed by to.
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- 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
- Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 4