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Borrowed from Latin abhorrēre, derived from ab- (from, away from) +‎ horreō (tremble; dread).


  • IPA(key): /a.borˈri.re/
  • Rhymes: -ire
  • Hyphenation: a‧bor‧rì‧re


aborrìre (first-person singular present aborrìsco or abòrro, first-person singular past historic aborrìi, past participle aborrìto, auxiliary avére)

  1. (transitive) to abhor, to detest, to loathe
    Synonyms: (literary) abominare, detestare, (literary) esecrare, odiare, (literary) sprezzare
    Antonyms: adorare, amare, ammirare
    • early 14th century, Dante, “Canto XXVI”, in Paradiso, lines 70–75:
      E come a lume acuto si disonna
      per lo spirto visivo che ricorre
      a lo splendor che va di gonna in gonna,
      e lo svegliato ciò che vede aborre,
      si nescïa è la sùbita vigilia
      fin che la stimativa non soccorre
      And as at some keen light one wakes from sleep by reason of the visual spirit that runs unto the splendour passed from coat to coat, and he who wakes abhors what he sees, so all unconscious is his sudden waking, until the judgment comes to his aid
  2. (intransitive) to recoil [+ da (object) = from] [auxiliary avere]
    Synonyms: fuggire, rifuggire
    aborrire dalla vista del sangueto recoil from the sight of blood


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  • aborrire in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana