Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “an abhorrent deed.”
2. After a linking verb, as in “It was abhorrent.”)
To abhor something is to hate it and feel disgust toward it.
So, something abhorrent is disgusting, horrible, and deserving of hate.
In other words, abhorrent things make you shudder with disgust.
abhor, abhorred, abhorrently, abhorrence
How to use it:
Talk about an abhorrent thing or a thing being abhorrent, as in "abhorrent cruelty to animals" or "Leaving animals trapped in hot cars is abhorrent." You can consider something abhorrent, deem something abhorrent, find something abhorrent, and so on, as in "Sorry, but I find your ketchup-encrusted mustache abhorrent." Something can be abhorrent to someone, as in "Rats' tails are abhorrent to me." Every now and again, you might say that something is abhorrent to reason or abhorrent to good sense, abhorrent to justice, abhorrent to the standards of good science, etc., as in "Killing in the name of peace is abhorrent to reason."
Heidi finds the slithering, flicking motion of snakes absolutely abhorrent.
A child's sense of fairness is sharply developed, and what you might see as a slight violation of it--like ending a game right before the child was about to have his turn-- may in fact be abhorrent to him.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "abhorrent" means when you can explain it without saying "horrible" or "offensive."
Think of the last bit of news you heard, saw, or read that made you think, "Ugh, that's unspeakably awful," and fill in the blanks: "I shuddered at the abhorrent thought of _____.”
Example: “I shuddered at the abhorrent thought of a child being killed by her own family.”
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don't go straight to the review now; let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
This month's game is "Guess the real pop song title when I give you a long-winded, highfalutin version of it." All the answers this month will be titles of popular songs released no earlier than 2012. Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. We're playing this in order to appreciate the simple, precise vocabulary of pop song titles, despite how often they are criticized for being sappy, trite, and simplistic.
Yesterday’s answer: “Experiencing Unsettling Feelings of Covetousness” is really “Jealous” by Nick Jonas.
Try this one today: “Disencumber Yourself of Your Uncertainties, Youth”
A Point Well Made:
Bertrand Russell: “All great books contain boring portions, and all great lives have contained uninteresting stretches.”
1. The opposite of ABHORRENT is
2. Hearing _____ is abhorrent to a math teacher.
A. "I have no idea how to solve this problem"
B. "This stuff is useless and I'm too dumb to do it anyway"
C. "Do I have to do the rest of the problems if I already get it?"
Answers are below.
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