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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.
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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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1. loathe, execrate. See hate.

Antonyms for abominate

1. like, love.
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Related Words for abominate

despise, dislike, hate, abhor, loathe

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Historical Examples of abominate

  • I abominate the idea of frying eggs in water as the Americans do.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • And, just between you and me, I will say that I abominate honesty in other people.

  • I thought you were beginning an Epic,—a thing I abominate of all others.

  • They're from Tomkins's, and we girls just abominate his things.

  • I have no bowels for hypocrisy, and I abominate and detest kingship.

British Dictionary definitions for abominate


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