toggle menu
1000+ books

in a sentence

show 189 more with this conextual meaning
  • I abhor briers, yeller jackets and such.   (source)
  • I do utterly abhor ... it as plain villainy.   (source)
    abhor = hate
  • And prove the very truth he most abhorred.   (source)
    abhorred = hated
  • For, as it was impossible to assign a reason for such distrust and abhorrence, so Mr. Dimmesdale, conscious that the poison of one morbid spot was infecting his heart's entire substance, attributed all his presentiments to no other cause.   (source)
    abhorrence = disgust or hatred
  • I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence.   (source)
    abhorrence = disgust
  • Shall I not then hate them who abhor me?   (source)
    abhor = hate
  • From the day I go until I return, till I reach the cedar forest and destroy the evil which Shamash abhors, pray for me to Shamash.   (source)
    abhors = hates or detests
  • According to the words of the flame with eyes, the city of Sakiel-Norn has been marked out for destruction on account of its luxury, its worship of false gods, and in especial its abhorrent child sacrifices.†   (source)
  • Perhaps his bride abhorred farm life.†   (source)
  • Mother abhorred mice.†   (source)
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton "Reptiles are abhorrent because of their cold body, pale color, cartilaginous skeleton, filthy skin, fierce aspect, calculating eye, offensive smell, harsh voice, squalid habitation, and terrible venom; wherefore their Creator has not exerted his powers to make many of them."†   (source)
  • He crossed himself and looked again at the fax, his eyes seeming to pool with waves of abhorrence.†   (source)
  • His father had abhorred waste of any kind, to the point where he complained to Ashima if a kettle had been filled with too much water.†   (source)
  • Though I am fully aware that it was an act of desperation after the sun flares, releasing the Flare virus as a means of population control was an abhorrent and irreversible crime.†   (source)
  • "Doves and pigeons can also be trained to carry messages," the maester went on, "though the raven is a stronger flyer, larger, bolder, far more clever, better able to defend itself against hawks …. yet ravens are black, and they eat the dead, so some godly men abhor them.†   (source)
  • But I make Peeta eat the remainder because I want to keep tasting things, and the idea of throwing away food, as I see so many people doing so casually, is abhorrent to me.†   (source)
  • Most people seemed satisfied with the thin decorative glaze and the artful stage lighting that, sometimes, made the bedrock atrocity of the human predicament look somewhat more mysterious or less abhorrent.†   (source)
  • Burning ants, of course, is an abhorrent hobby—the word "abhorrent" here means "what Count Olaf used to do when he was about your age"—but remembering the story made Violet see that she could use the lens of the spying glass to focus the light of the moon and make a fire.†   (source)
  • The latrines were so abhorrent that most people, Nepalese and Westerners alike, evacuated their bowels outside on the open ground, wherever the urge struck.†   (source)
  • Two quotes greeted me on the home page: Throughout the vast shadowy world of ghosts and demons there is no figure so terrible, no figure so dreaded and abhorred, yet dight with such fearful fascination, as the vampire, who is himself neither ghost nor demon, but yet who partakes the dark natures and possesses the mysterious and terrible qualities of both.†   (source)
  • This choice was anathema to Sullivan, who abhorred derivative architecture, but during the meeting he made no objection.†   (source)
  • Lord Darlington came to abhor anti-Semitism; I heard him express his disgust on several separate occasions when confronted with anti-Semitic sentiments.†   (source)
  • And that may be why I rejected it and abhorred it.†   (source)
  • You don't abhor a school of which your master is a member.†   (source)
  • The respectable middle-class Viennese reacted with abhorrence to this suggestion of the 'sexuality of the child' and made him very unpopular.†   (source)
  • No matter how much Eragon abhorred what Murtagh had become, and pitied him for it too, he could not deny the connection that existed between them.†   (source)
  • Though I abhorred the bantustan system, I felt the ANC should use both the system and those within it as a platform for our policies, particularly as so many of our leaders were now voiceless through imprisonment, banning, or exile.†   (source)
  • So easily she asks such an abhorrent question.†   (source)
  • The result of this bickering is a lack of cooperation in combatting what everybody believes is abhorrent: forced prostitution and child prostitution.†   (source)
  • The Pima abhorred war and all its brutality; but in this instance, the elders agreed that it was necessary.†   (source)
  • Don't abhor it anymore.†   (source)
  • Ferula abhorred the moment when her brother returned from the country and filled the house with his presence, breaking the harmony they had established while he was away.†   (source)
  • To Sergeant Towser, who deplored violence and waste with equal aversion, it seemed like such an abhorrent extravagance to fly Mudd all the way across the ocean just to have him blown into bits over Orvieto less than two hours after he arrived.†   (source)
  • She talked about their leader, who believed he was the son of a famous god, about something he called his Heavenly Kingdom, about his abhorrence of foreigners and political corruption.†   (source)
  • We abhor being helped.†   (source)
  • From the Swiss doctor's point of view Tereza's move could only appear hysterical and abhorrent.†   (source)
  • You do not learn to like something you abhor; you come to live with it.†   (source)
  • And now the very thing that at first seemed so abhorrent has graced my life with unaccustomed sweetness.†   (source)
  • The thought of sitting by the phone in our bureau office in Atlanta was abhorrent to me, so I planned a day-trip to Washington to fill my mind until the awards had been announced and my disappointment had faded.†   (source)
  • Men of sense in all ages abhor those customs which treat us only as vassals of your sex.†   (source)
  • Lourdes abhors ambiguity.†   (source)
  • He dislikes guns and even abhors hunting animals.†   (source)
  • I mean that your attitude may be highly idealistic-as I am sure it is-but, unfortunately, most people do not share your lofty frame of mind and will misinterpret your action in the one manner which would be most abhorrent to you.†   (source)
  • Torn between an abhorrence of touching the still-flopping fish and pride at having caught it, Lee stared down at Hunter.†   (source)
  • How could they ask Hindu and Moslem soldiers to bite cartridges greased with pig and cow fat when such a thing is abhorrent to their religious beliefs?†   (source)
  • "Personally, slavery is as abhorrent to me as it is to any man here," he began.†   (source)
  • But I have to wonder, why being here is so abhorrent to everyone but me?†   (source)
  • Fury was suddenly joined by hatred, not shock, not hysteria, but deep, uncompromising abhorrence.†   (source)
  • When I was a boy, and would climb with my father and the mountain guides he knew or hired, I abhorred the vacuum of an abyss, and my fists were white from clutching the rock.†   (source)
  • He said, "To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical."†   (source)
  • The idea of living somewhere other than the Fourth Arrondissement of Paris was abhorrent to her.†   (source)
  • He may have been somebody in her own household, but intercourse with a man outside the family would have been no less abhorrent.†   (source)
  • Bubba abhors unorthodox funerals.†   (source)
  • His religion led him to abhor insurance.†   (source)
  • Most children abhor difference.†   (source)
  • I abhor violence, and I denounce people who advocate it.†   (source)
  • Summoning for the last time that spellbinding oratorical ability, he abandoned his previous opposition to slavery in the territories, abandoned his constituents' abhorrence of the Fugitive Slave Law, abandoned his own place in the history and hearts of his countrymen and abandoned his last chance for the goal that had eluded him for over twenty years—the Presidency.†   (source)
  • The child had to make up for her mother's abhorrence, to keep her mother as kind as she really was.†   (source)
  • I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.   (source)
  • Now she had mastered him and he abhorred her.   (source)
    abhorred = hated or detested
  • You, my creator, abhor me; what hope can I gather from your fellow creatures, who owe me nothing?   (source)
    abhor = hate
  • I pitied Frankenstein; my pity amounted to horror; I abhorred myself.   (source)
    abhorred = detested (hated)
  • My abhorrence of this fiend cannot be conceived.   (source)
    abhorrence = hatred
  • You hate me, but your abhorrence cannot equal that with which I regard myself.   (source)
    abhorrence = disgust (feeling of complete dislike and revulsion)
  • A residence in Turkey was abhorrent to her; her religion and her feelings were alike averse to it.   (source)
    abhorrent = disgusting
  • Cursed be the day, abhorred devil, in which you first saw light!   (source)
    abhorred = hated
  • We go on for all time abhorred by all, a blot on the face of God's sunshine, an arrow in the side of Him who died for man.   (source)
  • Henry, I think so highly of Fanny Price, that if I could suppose the next Mrs. Crawford would have half the reason which my poor ill-used aunt had to abhor the very name, I would prevent the marriage, if possible; but I know you: I know that a wife you loved would be the happiest of women, and that even when you ceased to love, she would yet find in you the liberality and good-breeding of a gentleman.   (source)
    abhor = hate
  • Mr. Crawford was no longer the Mr. Crawford who, as the clandestine, insidious, treacherous admirer of Maria Bertram, had been her abhorrence, whom she had hated to see or to speak to, in whom she could believe no good quality to exist, and whose power, even of being agreeable, she had barely acknowledged.   (source)
    abhorrence = disgust
  • My vices are the children of a forced solitude that I abhor, and my virtues will necessarily arise when I live in communion with an equal.   (source)
    abhor = hate
  • How they would, each and all, abhor me and hunt me from the world did they know my unhallowed acts and the crimes which had their source in me!   (source)
  • "Thus I relieve thee, my creator," he said, and placed his hated hands before my eyes, which I flung from me with violence; "thus I take from thee a sight which you abhor."   (source)
    abhor = detest (hate)
  • If I were alone, would he not at times force his abhorred presence on me to remind me of my task or to contemplate its progress?   (source)
    abhorred = detested (hated)
  • Yet even thus I loved them to adoration; and to save them, I resolved to dedicate myself to my most abhorred task.   (source)
  • Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred.   (source)
    abhorred = hated
  • I am content to suffer alone while my sufferings shall endure; when I die, I am well satisfied that abhorrence and opprobrium should load my memory.   (source)
    abhorrence = disgust (feeling of complete dislike and revulsion)
  • I perceived, as the shape came nearer (sight tremendous and abhorred!) that it was the wretch whom I had created.   (source)
    abhorred = hated
  • I wished to see him again, that I might wreak the utmost extent of abhorrence on his head and avenge the deaths of William and Justine.   (source)
    abhorrence = hatred
  • They might even hate each other; the creature who already lived loathed his own deformity, and might he not conceive a greater abhorrence for it when it came before his eyes in the female form?   (source)
    abhorrence = disgust (feeling of complete dislike and revulsion)
  • The shutters had been thrown back, and with a sensation of horror not to be described, I saw at the open window a figure the most hideous and abhorred.   (source)
    abhorred = disgusting
  • The laughter died away, when a well-known and abhorred voice, apparently close to my ear, addressed me in an audible whisper, "I am satisfied, miserable wretch!"   (source)
    abhorred = detested (hated)
  • Clerval eagerly desired to accept this invitation, and I, although I abhorred society, wished to view again mountains and streams and all the wondrous works with which Nature adorns her chosen dwelling-places.   (source)
  • I felt the greatest ardour for virtue rise within me, and abhorrence for vice, as far as I understood the signification of those terms, relative as they were, as I applied them, to pleasure and pain alone.   (source)
    abhorrence = disgust (feeling of complete dislike and revulsion)
  • Oh, not abhorred! They were my brethren, my fellow beings, and I felt attracted even to the most repulsive among them, as to creatures of an angelic nature and celestial mechanism. But I felt that I had no right to share their intercourse.   (source)
    abhorred = detested (hated)
  • I abhorred the face of man.   (source)
  • Abhorred monster!   (source)
    abhorred = hated
  • And the smell of your fruit and the labor of your days we abhorred.†   (source)
  • I have always abhorred the sight of my own blood.†   (source)
  • I have heard they abhor soap and water too, Your Grace.†   (source)
  • Blood drinking goes from being something abhorrent to something delicious.†   (source)
  • "I said, 'I abhor briers, yeller jackets and such,' " I said.†   (source)
  • There are persons whom in my heart I despise, others I abhor.†   (source)
  • As an outsider, you cannot know how abhorrent we find it that one of our own should attack a guest.†   (source)
  • John Adams, by contrast, had neither debts nor slaves and all his life abhorred the idea of either.†   (source)
  • "You'll have more to abhor shortly, unless you help me."†   (source)
  • Like the time I had got down to the word "abhor."†   (source)
  • The hill is thick with sparrows, and we all know how sparrows abhor wickedness.†   (source)
  • The concept was abhorrent.†   (source)
  • She abhors this task, abhors herself for lying like this to a child Laila knows that this shameful lie will have to be told again and again.†   (source)
  • "Partly from its being associated in my mind as the source of all the nauseous mixtures that had been my childish terror (for this was before the day of children's medicines), and partly because of vague rumors I had heard regarding its contents, this place was one of peculiar abhorrence to me."†   (source)
  • Plato abhors and damns the Sophists without restraint, not because they are low and immoral people…there are obviously much lower and more immoral people in Greece he completely ignores.†   (source)
  • He abhorred flesh on flesh.†   (source)
  • "I think," he said, "that you are actually, secretly attracted to all the parts of my personality that you claim to abhor."†   (source)
  • Lying motionless on a flat piece of stone for so many hours was painful enough, but to be denied contact with any other living creature—even one as lumpish and abhorrent as her jailer—was a torture in and of itself and was by far the harder trial to bear.†   (source)
  • One might have understood cutting funds to the China program, but slashing funds for the consortium in Africa was abhorrent.†   (source)
  • I say mercifully because it was never my nature to harbor such thoughts, which have always been near-caustic to me, but in respect to the doctor a vital, searing charge was propelling me, an ashen, bitter hate whose taste I no longer abhorred.†   (source)
  • I could only imagine how Jennifer Anne, who'd found my cynicism about this marriage to be completely abhorrent, would react to this latest family news.†   (source)
  • Yet, being friendly with warders was not an easy proposition, for they generally found the idea of being courteous to a black man abhorrent.†   (source)
  • Murtagh might serve Galbatorix against his will, and he might abhor the atrocities the king forced him to commit, but some part of him seemed to revel in wielding his newfound power.†   (source)
  • Humans feel threatened by our ability to bring them such intense pleasure during an act they consider dangerous and abhorrent, so they have labeled us as predators.†   (source)
  • After years of seclusion at Monticello, Jefferson had, with amazing agility, stepped back into the kind of party politics he professed to abhor, and in no time emerged as leader of the opposition.†   (source)
  • I do abhor foul smells.†   (source)
  • He "abhorred dispute," as he said, shrank from the contentiousness of politics, and instinctively avoided confrontation of any kind.†   (source)
  • On principle, Jefferson abhorred cities and their teeming throngs, quite as much as he abhorred debt.†   (source)
  • Nothing was more abhorrent to Adams than the prospect of a truce determined by France and other European powers and he headed south gravely worried.†   (source)
  • That any nation would condone, let alone license, such traffic, she found vile, just as she found abhorrent the French practice of arranged marriages among the rich and titled of society.†   (source)
  • In a letter of explanation to Washington, he said he was "mortified" to be "thus brought forward on the public stage …. against my love of silence and quiet, and my abhorrence of dispute."†   (source)
  • For the first time, Adams was confronted with so much that generations of his people had abhorred and rebelled against, and he found himself both distressed and strangely moved.†   (source)
  • The public stage that Jefferson said he wished to avoid, the growing enmity between public men that Adams abhorred, had made them in the public mind symbols of the emerging divisions in national politics.†   (source)
  • After a classic battle in the New York Bar Association, he succeeded in obtaining a special Association committee, with himself as chairman, to defend the Socialists—whose views he personally abhorred—before the Legislature.†   (source)
  • It is abhorrent to me that an innocent person or creature should suffer or die by any act of mine.†   (source)
  • Under the circumstances, to call in the police was abhorrent to him.†   (source)
  • How can anyone who abhors the oppression of Negroes be in favor of degrading classes of white people?†   (source)
  • She thought Aunt Pitty the silliest of old ladies and the very idea of living under the same roof with Ashley's wife was abhorrent.†   (source)
  • Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. sz The pious comforters are humbled; Job is rewarded with a fresh house, fresh servants, and fresh daughters and sons.†   (source)
  • You would like, if you could, to interpret the patient's prostration in the Presence, his self-abhorrence and utter knowledge of his sins (yes, Wormwood, a clearer knowledge even than yours) on the analogy of your own choking and paralysing sensations when you encounter the deadly air that breathes from the heart of Heaven.†   (source)
  • It meant to him the annihilation of womanhood, and dirt and disorder, and servants leaving and beds not made at mid-day—all the things he most abhorred.†   (source)
  • I make no doubt that with us he will grow up to fear God and abhor idleness and vanity despite his origin.†   (source)
  • The absolute is his abhorrence.†   (source)
  • Perhaps I can best arouse your abhorrence of that idea by telling you that it is outdated and ugly.†   (source)
  • Peaceful death abhorred him as a subject, and would not take him.†   (source)
  • I came to hate the sight of the steward, to abhor the voice of that harmless man.†   (source)
  • And would his religious, God-fearing, crime-abhorring mother be more credulous than they?†   (source)
  • He had been taught to abhor people who did this wicked thing.†   (source)
  • He abhorred the possibility chance seemed to hold in store for him.†   (source)
  • Trenor's face darkened to rage: her recoil of abhorrence had called out the primitive man.†   (source)
  • Mr. Duffy abhorred anything which betokened physical or mental disorder.†   (source)
  • If she could only hide her terror, her abhorrence, her knowledge of him and his motive!†   (source)
  • My life has been one incessant persecution from a husband whom I abhor.†   (source)
  • —The little maid Who offered you refreshment even now, Her eyes did not abhor you—you saw well!†   (source)
  • They're quite different: I adore creation and abhor murder.†   (source)
  • Oh, yes: What virtues, Lord, Thou makest us abhor!†   (source)
  • She did not abhor dancing, but she was not going to dance here.†   (source)
  • She had abhorred his name; face to face with him, she found she feared only his deeds.†   (source)
  • If she could hide her hate, her fear, her abhorrence, she could influence these wild men.†   (source)
  • But my poor child is going through a phase of exaltation, of abhorrence of the world.†   (source)
  • Trust its clear and humane thoughts and abhor this wrenching of the brain, this intellectual swamp.†   (source)
  • Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease: all others run into this one.†   (source)
  • Captain Phoebus's heart, like the physics of that day, abhorred a vacuum.†   (source)
  • Who could surpass him in self-abhorrence and exaltation of God's cause?†   (source)
  • "Did he look like—not like YOU?" says the woman with abhorrence.†   (source)
  • I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect—in terror.†   (source)
  • As her successor in that house, she regarded her with jealous abhorrence.†   (source)
  • There its fatal and abhorred image was beheld, first black, then a red coal, then ashes.†   (source)
  • They formed my character, and filled me with an abhorrence of evil-doers.†   (source)
  • There is no indignity so abhorrent to their feelings!†   (source)
  • The more I read, the more I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers.†   (source)
  • In the midst of my pain of heart and frantic effort of principle, I abhorred myself.†   (source)
  • I cannot think of it without abhorrence.†   (source)
  • But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence.†   (source)
  • I have sold it to escape being imprisoned for refusing to pay taxes for hangmen's ropes and unjust wars and things that I abhor.†   (source)
  • Miss Chalice, who had a clever dexterity which impressed Lawson notwithstanding his contempt for feminine art, started a picture in which she tried to circumvent the commonplace by leaving out the tops of the trees; and Lawson had the brilliant idea of putting in his foreground a large blue advertisement of chocolat Menier in order to emphasise his abhorrence of the chocolate box.†   (source)
  • When I came to myself at Lanyon's, the horror of my old friend perhaps affected me somewhat: I do not know; it was at least but a drop in the sea to the abhorrence with which I looked back upon these hours.†   (source)
  • As regards the enemy's naval conscripts, some of whom may even share our own abhorrence of the regicidal French Directory, it is the same on our side.†   (source)
  • After all I had listened to upon the way, I looked at that ship with an extreme abhorrence; and from the bottom of my heart I pitied all poor souls that were condemned to sail in her.†   (source)
  • Yes: my good father abhorred hurry.†   (source)
  • SCARCELY six weeks passed before I had lost every feeling but dislike and abhorrence for this infamous experiment of Moreau's.†   (source)
  • They were exasperated with him for being a half-hearted shirker: he focussed on them his hatred of the whole thing; he would have liked to take a signal revenge for the abhorrent opportunity they had put in his way.†   (source)
  • All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind.†   (source)
  • Perhaps he had been born and bred among serious dissenters, seeing salvation in Jesus only and abhorring the vain pomps of the establishment.†   (source)
  • She would have forgiven Stewart then for lapsing into the kind of cowboy it had been her blind and sickly sentiment to abhor.†   (source)
  • Venters had abhorred her notoriety, but now he took passionate pride in her skill, her daring, her power over a horse.†   (source)
  • He is abhorrent to your choice.†   (source)
  • As for me, the change of weather came too late; I had lain in the mire so long that (as the Bible has it) my very clothes "abhorred me."†   (source)
  • I abhor your nature.†   (source)
  • And then, how were we not to suppose that our servants, living in a situation inferior to our own, adding to our fortunes and to our frailties imaginary riches and vices for which they at once envied and despised us, should not find themselves led by fate to act in a manner abhorrent to people of our own class?†   (source)
  • Yet suffering heartaches for the most part—as much as she detested and abhorred the horrible crime by which he had sought to win her.†   (source)
  • And the sweetness of Mattie's avowal, the wild wonder of knowing at last that all that had happened to him had happened to her too, made the other vision more abhorrent, the other life more intolerable to return to….†   (source)
  • She seemed a stranger to herself, or rather there were two selves in her, the one she had always known, and a new abhorrent being to which it found itself chained.†   (source)
  • By this time Clare abhorred the house for ceasing to contain Tess, and hastened away from its hated presence without once looking back.†   (source)
  • Joan had an abhorrence of Keils in his absence that she never felt when he was with her; and the reason must have been that she thought of him, remembered him as the bandit, and saw him as another and growing character.†   (source)
  • "—and though his abhorrence of the world in which he had seen her was too great for him to think of seeking her there, he was fully alive to the privilege of having her to look at and listen to while he lounged in Mattie Gormer's dishevelled drawing-room.†   (source)
  • Venters paused in his rapid-fire questioning, as if to brace him self to ask for a truth that would be abhorrent for him to confirm, but which he seemed driven to hear.†   (source)
  • …as the genie at the accidental rubbing of Aladdin's lamp—as the efrit emerging as smoke from the mystic jar in the net of the fisherman—the very substance of some leering and diabolic wish or wisdom concealed in his own nature, and that now abhorrent and yet compelling, leering and yet intriguing, friendly and yet cruel, offered him a choice between an evil which threatened to destroy him (and against his deepest opposition) and a second evil which, however it might disgust or sear or…†   (source)
  • Indeed, to a lively mind, a dead intellect is more abhorrent than basalt, which at least does not make any claims to life and thought.†   (source)
  • But since she felt that he understood her also, his business would be to make her see Beaufort as he really was, with all he represented—and abhor it.†   (source)
  • And now as he looked into the candle its flame dumbly expressed to him that it was made to shine on sensible people, and that it abhorred lighting the face of a dupe and a failure.†   (source)
  • For it is an intoxication that cares only for itself—nothing could be less desirable or more abhorrent than becoming sober again.†   (source)
  • Winsett himself had a savage abhorrence of social observances: Archer, who dressed in the evening because he thought it cleaner and more comfortable to do so, and who had never stopped to consider that cleanliness and comfort are two of the costliest items in a modest budget, regarded Winsett's attitude as part of the boring "Bohemian" pose that always made fashionable people, who changed their clothes without talking about it, and were not forever harping on the number of servants one…†   (source)
▲ show less (of above)