The difference, between words, esteemed synonymous: in the English language; and, the proper choice of them determined: together with, so much of Abbé Girard's Treatise, on this subject, as would agree, with our mode of expression. ... In two volumes. ... [pt.1]
Trusler, John, 1735-1820.

4. To Abhor, Hate, To Loath, Detest.

All these words imply aversion, but re|quire to be differently used, upon different occasions.

To abhor, implys an aversion to that, to which, we have a natural antipathy; hate, an aversion actuated by revenge: loath, is Page  6more applicable to food: detest, implies a|version actuated by disapprobation.

We abhor, what we cannot endure. We are apt to hate the person, who injures us. We loath the food, by which we have been surfeited. We detest the man, who is guilty of a mean action.

The spendthrift, naturally, abhors nig|gardliness, and the niggard, profligacy. The hatred of the revengeful man, is roused, whenever the object of his revenge approa|ches. The stomach loaths the very sight of that meat, by which we have been satiated. Every, thinking, man detests the least degree of meanness, more particularly that, which is fordid or base.