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 passiondetest suggests violent antipathy.
detests cowardsabhor implies a deep often shuddering repugnance.
a crime abhorred by all abominate suggests strong detestation and often moral condemnation.
abominates all forms of violenceloathe 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 WebAnd 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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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-, ōmenomen