Despise; spurn; regard with horror.

Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me. All my inward friends ABHORRED me: and they whom I loved are turned against me. ( Job 19:18-19 )

Source: A King James Dictionary. (Used with permission. Copyright © Philip P. Kapusta)

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"Entry for 'Abhor'". A King James Dictionary.



"To cast away," "reject," "despise," "defy," "contemn," "loathe," etc.

  1. Translated in the Old Testament from the following Hebrew words amongst others:
    (ba'ash), "to be or to become stinking" (1 Samuel 27:12; 2 Samuel 16:21); (ga`al), "to cast away as unclean," "to loathe"; compare Ezekiel 16:5 the King James Version; (quts), "to loathe," "to fear" (Exodus 1:12 m; 1 Kings 11:25; Isaiah 7:16); (shaqats), "to detest" (Psalms 22:24); (ta'abh), (ta`abh), "to contemn" (Deuteronomy 23:7); (dera'on), "an object of contempt," "an abhorring" (Isaiah 66:24; Daniel 12:2 margin).

  2. Translated in the New Testament from the following Greek words:
    bdelussomai, which is derived from bdeo, "to stink" (Romans 2:22); apostugeo, derived from stugeo, "to hate," "to shrink from" (Romans 12:9).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'ABHOR'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.