[ uh-bom-uh-neyt ]
/ əˈbɒm əˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), a·bom·i·nat·ed, a·bom·i·nat·ing.

to regard with intense aversion or loathing; abhor.
to dislike strongly.


Nearby words

  1. abomasum,
  2. abomasus,
  3. abomey,
  4. abominable,
  5. abominable snowman,
  6. abomination,
  7. abondance,
  8. aboon,
  9. aborad,
  10. aboral

Origin of abominate

1840–50; < Latin abōminātus loathed, past participle of abōminārī. See abominable, -ate1

Related formsa·bom·i·na·tor, nounself-a·bom·i·nat·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for abominate


/ (əˈbɒmɪˌneɪt) /


(tr) to dislike intensely; loathe; detest
Derived Formsabominator, noun

Word Origin for abominate

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

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Word Origin and History for abominate



1640s, back-formation from abomination or from Latin abominatus, past participle of abominari (see abomination). Related: Abominated; abominating.

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