abom·​i·​nate ə-ˈbä-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce abominate (audio)
abominated; abominating

transitive verb

: to hate or loathe intensely : abhor
Above all he abominated intolerance …G. R. Elton
abominator noun
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hate, detest, abhor, abominate, loathe mean to feel strong aversion or intense dislike for.

hate implies an emotional aversion often coupled with enmity or malice.

hated the enemy with a passion

detest suggests violent antipathy.

detests cowards

abhor implies a deep often shuddering repugnance.

a crime abhorred by all

abominate suggests strong detestation and often moral condemnation.

abominates all forms of violence

loathe implies utter disgust and intolerance.

loathed the mere sight of them

Examples of abominate in a Sentence

a politician who is revered by his supporters and abominated by his enemies he abominates the sight of the park he once loved being turned into a parking lot
Recent Examples on the Web And there is nothing more deflating than watching someone who has put his foot wrong in this culture subject himself to performative self-criticism, abominating himself as a bearer of privilege. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 2 July 2019

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Word History


borrowed from Latin abōminātus, past participle of abōminārī "to avert (an event forecast by an omen) by prayer, to abhor, detest," from ab- ab- + ōminārī "to know by means of an omen, presage," verbal derivative of ōmin-, ōmen omen

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abominate was in 1597

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“Abominate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abominate. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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abom·​i·​nate ə-ˈbäm-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce abominate (audio)
abominated; abominating
abominator noun

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