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

Examples of abomination in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web In the context of the presidential campaign, any hindrance to his smooth sailing back into the Oval Office is an abomination. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2024 Before this reinvention, England were an abomination at Test cricket. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for 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 21 Apr. 2024.

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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