Abhorrent vs Repulsive - What's the difference?

abhorrent | repulsive |


As adjectives the difference between abhorrent and repulsive

is that abhorrent is (archaic) inconsistent with; far removed from; strongly opposed to, as, abhorrent thoughts while repulsive is tending to rouse aversion or to repulse.

abhorrent

English

(Webster 1913)

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • (archaic) Inconsistent with; far removed from; strongly opposed to, as, abhorrent thoughts.
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  • Contrary to; discordant.
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  • Abhorring; detesting; having or showing abhorrence; loathing.
  • Detestable or repugnant.
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  • Usage notes

    * Nouns to which abhorrent is often applied: behavior, act, crime, practice, thing. * (opposed) abhorrent'' is typically folled by ''from . * (contrary) abhorrent'' is followed by ''to .

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    repulsive

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • tending to rouse aversion or to repulse
  • (physics) having the capacity to repel
  • Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "repulsive" is often applied: force, interaction, potential.

    Synonyms

    * repellent * similar: disgusting, vile

    Antonyms

    * (tending to rouse aversion ) attractive * (physics, having the capacity to repel ) attractive

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