Definition of abominate in English:



[with object]formal
  • Detest; loathe.

    ‘they abominated the very idea of monarchy’
    • ‘A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.’
    • ‘Again and again he declared that he would vigorously enforce laws which he abominates, on civil rights, abortion rights, gay rights, etc.’
    • ‘But you know what they say; it's an honor just to be abominated.’
    • ‘In fact, contact with many of them has taught me that it is possible to abominate the crime without always abominating the criminal.’
    • ‘Football, on the other hand, takes working-class people and drops them into enormous tubs of money, interviews them constantly and then abominates their lack of taste and inarticulacy.’
    • ‘He abominates anarchism; he thinks it's chaotic, sloppy-minded, infantile, inadvertently authoritarian.’
    • ‘Such asses fill the world with their braying and are to be abominated as beneath contempt.’
    • ‘Sometimes, I abominate feminism, for it discloses to me that what surrounds me is wrong, and it increases my expectations for a better society.’
    • ‘Poets in this tradition are less likely to abominate the larger society than to ignore it altogether and to concentrate on a narrow range of personal and domestic subjects.’
    • ‘Could it be that when Silone wrote to Bellone in 1931 about ‘the evil I have done’, he meant the evil of communism whose servant he had been and which he had come to abominate?’
    • ‘Thereafter Kemble gave readings of Shakespeare across the country, attracting the likes of the dissenting minister who told him that ‘though I abominate the stage yet I am a patron of Shakespeare in my social hours’.’
    • ‘And he disappears amidst the unstoppable mob heading to classrooms, he is now gone and now I'm gone too, taking a class I now abominate.’
    • ‘As one who abominates everything the Third Reich stood for, I could not bring myself to judge her.’
    • ‘His most ambitious music was abominated by conservative critics and also baffled concert audiences.’
    • ‘It is always difficult for passionate moral minorities to operate in plural cultures because they have to learn to live alongside practices which they abominate.’
    • ‘For this reason he abominated French impressionism.’
    • ‘Anthony abominates his fantasies, but again hears a subversive voice.’
    • ‘To comment first on Monsignor Maniscalco's letter: of course Pius XII was concerned for the Jews and their fate, and he abominated the Nazis.’
    • ‘Cohen pointed out, quite rightly, that ‘there were 20 million reasons’ (the number of people killed by Stalin) to abominate the name of Stalin beyond all others.’
    • ‘Although the Romans abominated the memory of the later Etruscan kings of Rome, a long tradition approved of both Romulus, who was renowned for the arts of war, and Numa, renowned for the arts of peace.’
    abhor, hate, loathe, despise, execrate, regard with disgust, feel disgust for, feel repugnance towards, feel distaste for, shrink from, recoil from, shudder at, be unable to bear, be unable to abide, feel hostility to, feel aversion to, feel animosity to, find intolerable, dislike, disdain, have an aversion to
    detest, loathe, hate, abhor, despise, dislike, execrate, feel aversion to, feel revulsion to, shudder at, recoil from, shrink from, be repelled by, not be able to bear, not be able to stand, find intolerable
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Mid 17th century: from Latin abominat- ‘deprecated’, from the verb abominari, from ab- ‘away, from’ + omen, omin- ‘omen’.