[ uh-bom-uh-neyt ]
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verb (used with object),a·bom·i·nat·ed, a·bom·i·nat·ing.
  1. to regard with intense aversion or loathing; abhor.

  2. to dislike strongly.

Origin of abominate

First recorded in 1840–50; from Latin abōminātus “loathed,” past participle of abōminārī.See abominable, -ate1

synonym study For abominate

1. See hate.

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Opposites for abominate

Other words from abominate

  • a·bom·i·na·tor, noun
  • self-a·bom·i·nat·ing, adjective

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How to use abominate in a sentence

  • He professed both to abominate and despise all mystery, refinement, and intrigue, either in a prince or a minister.

    Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
  • I don't believe in honeymoons and particularly I abominate the inhuman custom of giving wedding presents.

    Murder in Any Degree | Owen Johnson
  • I abominate those insolent Parisians, those chasers of kings.

  • I rarely abominate anybody, and I think she knows that also.

  • I should hate and abominate you for ever and ever, even if you helped me into Paradise!

    The Black Douglas | S. R. Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for abominate


/ (əˈbɒmɪˌneɪt) /

  1. (tr) to dislike intensely; loathe; detest

Origin of abominate

C17: from the past participle of Latin abōminārī to regard as an ill omen, from ab- away from + ōmin-, from omen

Derived forms of abominate

  • abominator, noun

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