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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Synonyms & Antonyms for abomination


abhorrence, anathema, antipathy, aversion, bête noire, detestation, execration, hate



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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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As in, throw back these Player Weekend abominations, please. Mark Faller, azcentral, "MLB strikes out with boring, black-and-white Players Weekend uniforms," 24 Aug. 2019 But where Smith sees a business opportunity, others see an abomination of urban design. Washington Post, "At Dave Thomas Circle, fixing a traffic nightmare threatens a D.C. vending empire," 14 Aug. 2019 That goes for Rays abomination Raymond, who looks like one of Dr. Seuss’s lazier creations and makes the children who attend every Tampa home game cry themselves into a tizzy. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Astros Seem to Know Something About Pitching No One Else Does," 6 Aug. 2019 Think of it somewhat as a job fair for abominations. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "The country’s second-largest haunted house trade show is in Schaumburg. Where else will you find a 465-pound headless corpse?," 10 June 2019 The OverExplainer Reacts video above for the hilarious reaction to what is surely an abomination. Danielle Young, Essence, "Why Is There A Bar Called "Prizon?"," 26 July 2019 People who demand perfect produce are what got us the abomination that is the Red Delicious. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Is It Ever Okay...To Touch All the Tomatoes at the Farmers’ Market?," 17 July 2019 In other news, the Pope wears a pointy hat, anything after Shrek 2 was an abomination and Shkodran Mustafi is still crud. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: More Newcastle Misery, Inter Try (Another) Lukaku Deal, Gueye's Future & More," 17 July 2019 The cold humor, which is lechery, which is seething debauchery, which is abomination itself. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019

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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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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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