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English definition of “abhorrence”


noun [S or U]     /əˈbɒr.əns/ US  /æbˈhɔːr-/ formal
a feeling of hating something or someone: She looked at him in/with abhorrence. She has an abhorrence of change.Feelings of dislike and hatred
(Definition of abhorrence noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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