abomination

noun
abom·i·na·tion | \ ə-ˌbä-mə-ˈnā-shən \

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

Synonyms

abhorrence, detestation, execration, hate, hatred, loathing

Antonyms

affection, devotion, fondness, love

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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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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 Ada’s mother regards the friendship as an abomination. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Review: Ada and the Engine inspiring, absorbing and heartbreaking," 14 Apr. 2018 Pruitt may not have committed abominations, but his freewheeling, ethically obtuse management of his agency is a stinker too malodorous to ignore. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Ethics first," 6 Apr. 2018 Alas, these sensible (if inadequate) proposals are paired with Draconian ones that would accomplish nothing beyond exacerbating our nation’s mass-incarceration problem and expanding the reach of (the moral abomination that is) the death penalty. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Opioids Plan to Include Good Ideas — Also, Executing Drug Dealers," 15 Mar. 2018 There are plenty of innovations—some of them true abominations—in the works, all intended to shorten and hot up the game. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Why Baseball Matters’ Review: Is the National Pastime Passé?," 28 Mar. 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

noun
abom·i·na·tion | \ ə-ˌbä-mə-ˈnā-shən \

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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