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 Truth itself is an anachronism — a jingoistic dominance, probably white, probably male, probably American, certainly outdated, an abomination. Andy Martin, National Review, 10 Sep. 2021 But instead of blocking the Texas abomination, the US Supreme Court refused to immediately grant an emergency request to stop it, effectively winking at zealots in other states who will now push equally draconian measures. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2021 Lake Powell, which some people consider the most beautiful place on earth and others view as an abomination, lies in slickrock country, about two hundred and fifty miles south of Salt Lake City. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 These are the reasons the Twins need Buxton as the centerpiece to lead a comeback from this 2021 abomination. Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 No this isn’t the Will Smith abomination from 1999. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 13 May 2021 The most unforgiving voices see religion as a set of rules to be followed in absolute terms, and failure to do so is an abomination to God. Washington Post, 22 June 2021 Ina clans devoted to racial purity see her as an abomination, but her own clans will try to protect her. Stephanie Burt, The New Republic, 27 May 2021 The hypocrisy and failures of our state leaders are an abomination. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 21 May 2021

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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 20 Sep. 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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