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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Synonyms & Antonyms for abomination


abhorrence, anathema, antipathy, aversion, bête noire, detestation, execration, hate



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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

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The cold humor, which is lechery, which is seething debauchery, which is abomination itself. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019 And two: plastic, loud abominations that fascinate and please your child. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The 9 Items That Transformed Our Homes in 2018," 12 Dec. 2018 On par with that abomination of a Parking entrance in Love Park. Stephanie Farr, Philly.com, "Trashy ads? Philly approves large ads on 375 garbage cans," 14 June 2018 There are hundreds or thousands of recipes for duck a l’orange on the internet, and many of them use such abominations as marmalade or orange juice. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 This World Cup tournament will be the first to use video reviews, standard practice in many other sports around the world, but an abomination to some football fans who see it as killing the game's soul. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "FIFA video review rooms set for big test at World Cup," 9 June 2018 Remember Alaska’s Pebble Mine, the massive, open-pit abomination proposed for the headwaters of two of the major rivers that feed Bristol Bay, one of the most productive salmon fisheries in the world? Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "Op-Ed: Alaska’s Pebble Mine Somehow Just Got Worse," 11 June 2018 In May, musicals, plays and concerts on Milwaukee stages will celebrate our varied ethnic heritages and our communal love for C.S. Lewis, while decrying the abomination of pay toilets. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "C.S. Lewis, 'Urinetown,' and 8 more shows to see in May," 30 Apr. 2018 The magnitude of the abomination almost forbids that it be mentioned in the same breath as any other horror. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018

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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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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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