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

Definition of abominate

transitive verb

: to hate or loathe intensely : abhor Above all he abominated intolerance …— G. R. Elton

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abominator \ ə-​ˈbä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce abominate (audio) \ 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 we abominate jokes that make fun of people who have mental or physical disabilities
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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First Known Use of abominate

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abominate

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

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“Abominate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abominate. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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