abomination

[ uh-bom-uh-ney-shuhn ]
/ əˌbɒm əˈneɪ ʃən /

noun

anything abominable; anything greatly disliked or abhorred.
intense aversion or loathing; detestation: He regarded lying with abomination.
a vile, shameful, or detestable action, condition, habit, etc.: Spitting in public is an abomination.

Nearby words

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

Origin of abomination

1350–1400; Middle English ab(h)ominacioun < Late Latin abōminātiōn- (stem of abōminātiō). See abominate, -ion

Related formsself-a·bom·i·na·tion, nounsu·per·a·bom·i·na·tion, noun

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for abomination


British Dictionary definitions for abomination

abomination

/ (əˌbɒmɪˈneɪʃən) /

noun

a person or thing that is disgusting
an action that is vicious, vile, etc
intense loathing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for abomination

abomination

n.

early 14c., "abominable thing or action;" late 14c., "feeling of disgust, hatred, loathing," from Old French abominacion "abomination, horror, repugnance, disgust" (13c.), from Latin abominationem (nominative abominatio) "abomination," noun of action from past participle stem of abominari "shun as an ill omen," from ab- "off, away from" (see ab-) + omin-, stem of omen (see omen). Meaning intensified by folk etymology derivation from Latin ab homine "away from man," thus "beastly."

Doubtless, the life of an Irregular is hard; but the interests of the Greater Number require that it shall be hard. If a man with a triangular front and a polygonal back were allowed to exist and to propagate a still more Irregular posterity, what would become of the arts of life? Are the houses and doors and churches in Flatland to be altered in order to accommodate such monsters? [Edwin Abbot, "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions," 1885]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper