Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To detest thoroughly; abhor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To turn from as ill-omened; to hate in the highest degree, as if with religious dread; loathe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hate extremely; abhor; detest.
  • Synonyms Abhor, Detest, etc. See hate.
  • Detested; held in abomination.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. find repugnant

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin abōminārī, abōmināt-, to deprecate as a bad omen : ab-, away; see ab-1 + ōmen, omen.

Examples

  • "I hate the French cookery, and abominate garlick," Tobias Smollett told his readers 245 years ago, with a snooty disregard for foreigners that runs through too much travel writing today.

    Travel writing: Lost art in search of a lost world | Editorial

  • It had occurred in the course of learning the nature of white men and of learning to abominate them.

    Chapter 2

  • I detest and loathe and despise and abore and abominate her

    Dear Anjali

  • I refer to slavery, Mistuh Comber, which they affect to abominate, but which we of the South hold to be a nat'ral condition which, for better or worse, is inevitable A strangled oath came from within Clotho's hood.

    THE NUMBERS

  • You're filth, you're cack, you're the ooze of a burst boil; I abominate you, you towering mound of corrupted slime.

    Gordon Brown toilet roll.

  • I abominate obscenities, but she is a bitch—a stringy, fawning female dog.

    TOO MANY MURDERS

  • But the good Sisters abominate these pigeons, who, it appears, are messy little creatures, and they complain that, were it not that the Reverend Director likes a pigeon in his pot on a holiday, they could not stand the bother of perpetually sweeping the chapel steps and the kitchen threshold all along of those dirty birds....

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  • "I abominate all this talk about great preaching -- I call it pulpiteering."

    Heard Any Good Sermons Lately?

  • Which is worse: the enemy party, which I abominate, or the traitors in my own party who abet and enable them?

    Frank Dwyer: Whose Side Am I On?

  • In resorting to a tu quoque response, I was not making a general critique of the Daily Mail per se, much as I have come to loathe and abominate that rag, but merely pointing out Miss Phillip's inconsistency.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

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