Difference between Abhor, Despise and Loathe


These words refer to aversion or contempt towards anything one finds objectionable, distasteful or offensive.

Loathe is extensively used for simple distaste. It also focuses on aversion or dislike.

Ex – She loathed men who had mustaches or beards.

Despise usually indicates finding something offensive or morally objectionable.

Ex – He despised orthodox methods of punishing children.

Abhor is strongest among these words for suggesting outright hatred.

Ex – He abhorred men who had no moral principles.

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