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From ab- (from, away from) +‎ horreō (tremble; dread).



abhorreō (present infinitive abhorrēre, perfect active abhorruī); second conjugation, no supine stem

  1. I abhor, shudder at, recoil or shrink back from.
  2. I am averse or disinclined to.
  3. I am free from.
  4. (by extension) I am inconsistent or do not agree with, vary or differ from.


  • Passive forms, including personal, occur post-Classically.
   Conjugation of abhorreō (second conjugation, no supine stem)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present abhorreō abhorrēs abhorret abhorrēmus abhorrētis abhorrent
imperfect abhorrēbam abhorrēbās abhorrēbat abhorrēbāmus abhorrēbātis abhorrēbant
future abhorrēbō abhorrēbis abhorrēbit abhorrēbimus abhorrēbitis abhorrēbunt
perfect abhorruī abhorruistī abhorruit abhorruimus abhorruistis abhorruērunt, abhorruēre
pluperfect abhorrueram abhorruerās abhorruerat abhorruerāmus abhorruerātis abhorruerant
future perfect abhorruerō abhorrueris abhorruerit abhorruerimus abhorrueritis abhorruerint
passive present abhorreor abhorrēris, abhorrēre abhorrētur abhorrēmur abhorrēminī abhorrentur
imperfect abhorrēbar abhorrēbāris, abhorrēbāre abhorrēbātur abhorrēbāmur abhorrēbāminī abhorrēbantur
future abhorrēbor abhorrēberis, abhorrēbere abhorrēbitur abhorrēbimur abhorrēbiminī abhorrēbuntur
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present abhorream abhorreās abhorreat abhorreāmus abhorreātis abhorreant
imperfect abhorrērem abhorrērēs abhorrēret abhorrērēmus abhorrērētis abhorrērent
perfect abhorruerim abhorruerīs abhorruerit abhorruerīmus abhorruerītis abhorruerint
pluperfect abhorruissem abhorruissēs abhorruisset abhorruissēmus abhorruissētis abhorruissent
passive present abhorrear abhorreāris, abhorreāre abhorreātur abhorreāmur abhorreāminī abhorreantur
imperfect abhorrērer abhorrērēris, abhorrērēre abhorrērētur abhorrērēmur abhorrērēminī abhorrērentur
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present abhorrē abhorrēte
future abhorrētō abhorrētō abhorrētōte abhorrentō
passive present abhorrēre abhorrēminī
future abhorrētor abhorrētor abhorrentor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives abhorrēre abhorruisse abhorrērī
participles abhorrēns abhorrendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
abhorrendī abhorrendō abhorrendum abhorrendō



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  • Catalan: avorrir
  • English: abhor
  • French: abhorrer
  • Italian: aborrire


  • abhorreo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • abhorreo in Charlton T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891
  • abhorreo in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden, Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co., 1894
    • something offends my instincts, goes against the grain: aliquid a sensibus meis abhorret
    • to be probable: a vero non abhorrere
    • to have no taste for the fine arts: abhorrere ab artibus (opp. delectari artibus)
    • the expression is not in accordance with Latin usage: aliquid a consuetudine sermonis latini abhorret, alienum est
    • to have no presentiment of a thing: a suspicione alicuius rei abhorrere
    • to have an inclination for a thing: propensum, proclivem esse ad aliquid (opp. alienum, aversum esse, abhorrere ab aliqua re)
    • something is contrary to my moral sense, goes against my principles: aliquid abhorret a meis moribus (opp. insitum [atque innatum] est animo or in animo alicuius)