abominate

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verb abom·i·nate \ə-ˈbä-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of abominate

abominated

;

abominating

formal

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

abominator

play \-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of abominate in a Sentence

  1. a politician who is revered by his supporters and abominated by his enemies

  2. we abominate jokes that make fun of people who have mental or physical disabilities

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 1597

Synonym Discussion of abominate

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


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