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To Abho'r. v.a. [abhorreo, Lat.] To hate with acrimony; to detest to extremity; to loath.

Whilst I was big in clamour, came there a man,
Who having seen me in my worser state,
Shunn'd my abhorr'd society.
Shakespear's K. Lear.

To whom thus Michael: Justly thou abhorr'st
That son, who on the quiet state of men
Such trouble brought, affecting to subdue
Rational liberty.
Milt. Parad. Lost, b. xii. l. 79.

The self-same thing they will abhor
One way, and long another for.
Hudibras, p. i. cant. 1.

A church of England man abhors the humour of the age, in delighting to fling scandals upon the clergy in general; which, besides the disgrace to the reformation, and to religion itself, cast an ignominy upon the kingdom that it doth not deserve. Swift on the Sentiments of a Church of England man.

Sources: Butler, Samuel (98) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Milton, John (449) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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