- 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.
Origin of abomination
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Examples from the Web for abomination
American sanctions on Russia, he said, were an “abomination of hypocrisy.”Meet The Putin-Loving Congressman Who’s Worried About Fluoride In Our Drinking Water
July 20, 2014
Everyone who loves India should mourn this abomination called Telangana.India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
March 22, 2014
Was this a deliberate attempt to soften his constantly repeated refrain that Obamacare is an abomination?Mitt Romney Muddles His Message on Health Care
September 11, 2012
Their sins are unforgivable, and their disregard of the children is an abomination.Penn State and Catholic Church Child Sex-Abuse Trials Divide Penn. Public
Marci A. Hamilton
May 27, 2012
All of this is an abomination not merely as a matter of principle, but even in purely practical terms.A Kangaroo Court for Khalid Sheik Mohammed
April 5, 2011
That would be frightful, he could not suffer such an abomination.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
He wears sandals and has discarded the abomination of starched linen.Mountain Meditations
The cultivation of the silk-worm is in itself an abomination.The Book of Khalid
The abomination of desolation raised its voice to heaven: let it cease.The Downfall
Yes, I reject life; I say that the death of mankind is better than abomination.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
- a person or thing that is disgusting
- an action that is vicious, vile, etc
- intense loathing
Word Origin and History for abomination
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]