How do I use the word abhorrence in a sentence?
In my case, this is to express my extreme disgust of the Java programming language to a college. (no hate ^-^) I wrote it as:
Is my abhorrence with Java ridiculous?
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The usage of abhorrence has decreased steadily from the early 19th century. Comparing usage with the prepositional pairings of, for, toward and at shows that abhorrence of was the dominant usage, trailing off steadily with the same curve as the general usage of the word, but remaining significantly more popular than the the other prepositional pairings with abhorrence.
A feeling of repulsion; disgusted loathing:
The etymology suggests root meaning from and even earlier "at" are already in the word:
abhorrent + ence
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.).
mid-15c., from Latin abhorrere "shrink back from, have an aversion for, shudder at," from ab- "away"
(see ab-) + horrere "tremble at, shudder," literally "to bristle, be shaggy,"
from PIE *ghers- "start out, stand out, rise to a point, bristle" (see horror).
The prefix ab already implies at, but from might capture the intuitive response to hor(or).
Interestingly the OP chose disgust as the synonym for abhorrence. Disgust remains significantly more popular, and the preposition with was the second most popular pairing with disgust. Perhaps the prepositional confusion surrounding abhorrence reveals a mental conflation with its synonyms?
Is my abhorrence of Java ridiculous? uses the most popular pairing with abhorrence.
Is my abhorrence for Java ridiculous? is 10 times less popular.
Abhorrence toward is even less popular, but with is extremely rare.
It would probably be better to use one of the other four more common prepositions to express your abhorrence of Java.