What does abhorrence mean?

abhorrence meaning in General Dictionary

Extreme hatred or detestation the impression of utter dislike

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  • hate coupled with disgust
  • severe hatred or detestation; the impression of total dislike.

abhorrence meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1650s; see abhorrent + -ence.


abhorrence meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) severe hatred or detestation; the sensation of complete dislike.


Sentence Examples with the word abhorrence

It is probable that one explanation - namely, that of protection - covers all cases of ant-mimicry; and this explanation lies in all probability in the immunity from the attacks of most insectivorous enemies that ants enjoy, and especially from predaceous wasps of the family Pompilidae which annually destroy thousands upon thousands of spiders to feed their larvae; and since more than one observer has testified to the fear and abhorrence these wasps have of ants, it is needless to look farther for the benefit ant-mimicry is to spiders.

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