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 Homosexuality, my thinking went, was not just an abomination. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2024 To him, the body’s dispute settlement procedure, which was the primary innovation of the WTO over the GATT, is an abomination. Gordon H. Hanson, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023 There’s yet another attempt to revive the state’s shuttered redevelopment agencies – those crony-capitalist abominations that abused eminent domain, ran up debt without a public vote and distorted development decisions at the local level. Steven Greenhut, Orange County Register, 10 May 2024 On TikTok, the dancer previously shared that some social media users have criticized her dance style as an abomination to classical ballet. Janay Kingsberry, Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2023 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 22 Jun. 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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