abom·​i·​na·​tion ə-ˌbä-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce abomination (audio)
: something regarded with disgust or hatred : something abominable
considered war an abomination
: extreme disgust and hatred : loathing
a crime regarded with abomination

Example Sentences

Some people view the sculpture as art while others see it as an abomination. most critics decried the remake of the classic film as an abomination
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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of abomination was in the 14th century

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“Abomination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abomination. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



abom·​i·​na·​tion ə-ˌbäm-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce abomination (audio)
: something detestable
: extreme disgust and hatred : loathing

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