What's The Synonym Of The Word Abhor?


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The word abhor means to strongly detest utterly, to hate without end, loathe. There are usually many synonyms for a word and its amazing how many negative words have many many synonyms, perhaps Oscar Wilde's famous quote about

'Men love in haste but they detest at leisure'

The word abhor comes from the Latin ab+horrer which means to stand aghast.

It's quite an old word and most people would not understand what it meant, I believe it's commonly used in literature and can be found in Shakespeare:

It does abhor me now I speak the word. - (Othello)

I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul Refuse you for my judge. -(Henry VIII)

Some further words for abhor might be:

Scorn (also a favourite of Shakespeare), despise, recoil from, reject.

Abhor suggests a type of hatred that you simply cannot bear the sight of, even a type of stomach turning detestation.

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