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abhor

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Dictionary Definition of 'abhor'

To feel strong dislike or disgust towards someone or something.
"They abhor dishonesty and deceitfulness."

Detailed Meaning of 'abhor'

When you abhor something, you feel extreme aversion, repugnance, or loathing towards it. It suggests a feeling of revulsion or detestation towards something, which can be a person, an action, a behavior, or an idea. The term is often used in the context of moral or ethical judgments, where one finds something deeply objectionable or repulsive. For example, someone might abhor racism, animal cruelty, or any form of violence. It is a strong negative emotion that goes beyond simple disapproval or disagreement.

History and Etymology of 'abhor'

The verb 'abhor' traces its etymological roots to Middle English, where it was derived from the Old English word 'abhōrian.' This Old English term combines the prefix 'ab' (meaning 'away from') and 'hōrian' (meaning 'to hoar' or 'to become gray'). In its original context, 'abhor' had a sense of shrinking away from something or expressing strong aversion. Over time, the meaning evolved to denote a deep and intense feeling of disgust or strong dislike towards someone or something. So, when we use the verb 'abhor' today, we are invoking its historical connection to the idea of recoiling or shrinking away from something repugnant, emphasizing the strong emotional response it conveys.

Examples of 'abhor' in a Sentence

1. We seek the divine, yet abhor the mysteries that challenge our faith and belief.
2. Writers crave words but abhor the blank pages that signify creation’s struggle.
3. Children love play but often abhor the structure of classrooms and strict rules.
4. Artists adore color but may abhor the monotony that lacks diversity and life.
5. I abhor politics, yet find the dance of power and strategy endlessly fascinating.
6. Farmers cherish rain but abhor the storms that bring both life and destruction.
7. Architects design yet often abhor limitations, craving creative freedom and space.
8. Chefs adore flavors but abhor the bland, seeking the spices that awaken the senses.
9. Gardeners love bloom but abhor weeds, the unwanted invaders of serene beauty.
10. Teachers enlighten but abhor ignorance, a barrier to the garden of knowledge.
11. Dancers move gracefully but abhor restraint, for freedom is their truest expression.
12. I abhor solitude when it’s an echo of emptiness, not the whisper of peace.
13. Sailors love the sea yet abhor its fury, a testament to nature’s dual character.
14. Philosophers seek truth but abhor easy answers, valuing the depth of inquiry.
15. Poets live for expression but abhor censorship, a theft of voice and spirit.
16. Scientists crave discovery but abhor dogma, the enemy of progress and innovation.
17. Parents nurture yet abhor the dangers that lurk, threatening their precious ones.
18. We abhor silence when it signifies absence, not the peaceful pause of calm.
19. Soldiers fight wars but many abhor violence, a paradox of duty and humanity.
20. We abhor endings for their finality, not realizing they herald new beginnings.
21. They abhor chains yet yearn for connection, a dance of freedom and bond.
22. Humans seek light but often abhor the revealing glare of unvarnished truth.
23. We abhor the unknown, yet in mystery lies the allure of discovery and growth.
24. Musicians cherish notes but abhor the void, where melody and silence meet.
25. Historians seek the past but abhor its repetition, a cycle of triumph and tragedy.

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