abom·​i·​na·​tion | \ ə-ˌbä-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce abomination (audio) \

Definition of abomination

1 : something regarded with disgust or hatred : something abominable considered war an abomination
2 : extreme disgust and hatred : loathing a crime regarded with abomination

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Examples of abomination in a Sentence

Some people view the sculpture as art while others see it as an abomination. although once common, torture is now an abomination to the civilized peoples of the earth
Recent Examples on the Web Some 7mm Rem Mags are given 26-inch barrels, and anyone who is nuts enough to hunt with such an abomination is welcome to do so. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The .270 Winchester vs. the 7mm Remington Magnum," 11 Dec. 2019 For many people, my very existence is seen as an abomination, and there are still plenty of policies that discriminate against the transgender community. Jennifer Wright, Washington Post, "Cleopatra on making the first move," 2 Oct. 2019 According to Pizza Hut, the answer is clearly no as the chain has debut its latest food abomination. Megan Lavey-heaton | Mheaton@pennlive.com, oregonlive, "Pizza Hut debuts a gigantic Cheez-It stuffed with even more cheese," 17 Sep. 2019 In Room 67 of the Prado Museum in Madrid, Francisco Goya’s Saturn enthralls viewers with a scene of abomination. Kate Wong, Scientific American, "Is This Indonesian Cave Painting the Earliest Portrayal of a Mythical Story?," 12 Dec. 2019 To Mustang fans who still think putting the galloping-pony badge on an electric SUV is an abomination: Ask a Porsche owner if the existence of the Cayenne SUV has weakened the 911 sports car, or the company that builds them both. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "8 vehicles guaranteed to draw crowds, spark debates at LA auto show," 23 Nov. 2019 Not the mention that atrocity of a kit... An abomination. SI.com, "5 of Arsenal's Scariest Lineups (for Their Own Fans) of Recent Times This Halloween," 31 Oct. 2019 After a 2018 season that was an abomination, some fans and members of the media were wondering if U of L would simply play hard for Scott Satterfield. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Scott Satterfield has put himself in the discussion for ACC Coach of the Year," 17 Oct. 2019 In a policy that has absolutely nothing to do with Zagan’s lack of feet, Employees agree that feet are a human abomination and should always remain on the floor, closest to Hell. Briana Haynie And Ysabel Yates, The New Yorker, "New-Employee Contract for Our Cursed Office," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of abomination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abomination

Middle English abhomynacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French abhomination, borrowed from Late Latin abōminātiōn-, abōminātiō, from Latin abōminārī "to detest, abominate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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20 Jan 2020

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“Abomination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abomination. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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Kids Definition of abomination

: something that causes disgust … she said horse racing was an abomination— Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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