verb (used with object), ab·horred, ab·hor·ring.
- to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.
verb -hors, -horring or -horred
- (tr) to detest vehemently; find repugnant; reject
mid-15c., from Latin abhorrere “shrink back from, have an aversion for, shudder at,” from ab- “away” (see ab-) + horrere “tremble at, shudder,” literally “to bristle, be shaggy,” from PIE *ghers- “start out, stand out, rise to a point, bristle” (see horror). Related: Abhorred; abhorring.