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 There’s no sense in trying to round the rough edges off of abomination. al, "Peepza: There are some decent Peeps recipes out there. This isn’t one of them.," 4 Apr. 2021 By not convicting Trump, the U.S. Senate committed an abomination. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Care for wild places | Safe, affordable care | Deadline extension," 27 Mar. 2021 In an abomination spanning more than two decades, this Super Bowl prediction column has been wrong about XV times. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Chiefs will batter Tom Brady and Bucs in Super Bowl LV blowout," 6 Feb. 2021 Those who think it’s a blast and those who think it’s an abomination will likely cite the same evidence for their beliefs. Sam Biddle, The New Yorker, "Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Mines the Paranoia of the Nineteen-Eighties and Today," 25 Nov. 2020 The quarterback with preternatural (lookitup) ability and instincts was topping himself weekly, save the abomination in Pittsburgh. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: 10 things from Cincinnati Bengals' loss to Washington Football Team," 24 Nov. 2020 The Cavs are a defensive abomination, ranking dead last in efficiency. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "In entitlement mess of NBA draft, Cavaliers seem to make a safe, smart pick – Terry Pluto," 20 Nov. 2020 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

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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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“Abomination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abomination. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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

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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