1610s, "in a position or condition to recoil," usually with from; from Latin abhorentem (nominative abhorrens), present participle of abhorrere; see abhor. Meaning "repugnant" is from 1650s. Earlier was abhorrable (late 15c.).
1. There are many people who still find the act of abortion abhorrent.
2. Racial discrimination is abhorrent to my council and our staff.
3. Racism is abhorrent to a civilized society.
4. Such a savage punishment is abhorrent to a civilized society.
5. The procedure is abhorrent from the principles of law.