Definition of abomination in US English:



  • 1A thing that causes disgust or hatred.

    ‘concrete abominations masquerading as hotels’
    ‘this bill is an abomination to all mankind’
    • ‘Has nothing been learned from the architectural abominations foisted on our city in the 1960s?’
    • ‘People of taste in both countries, must be sickened by these abominations.’
    • ‘Roberts then said that ‘our history was an interminable procession of bloodshed, abominations and mass murder.’’
    • ‘Welcome to our new regular feature, Fight Test, in which our regular writers square off against each other to decide once and for all whether the cultural artifacts of our day are boons or abominations.’
    • ‘Hannah Arendt numbered him among the few who confronted the reality of the three great abominations - the Holocaust, the Gulag and Hiroshima.’
    • ‘Abortion, capital punishment and euthanasia are all abominations to him - repudiated by his own public struggle with death.’
    • ‘The curly quotes and other plain-text abominations can be deactivated using Entourage's Tools > AutoCorrect > AutoFormat settings.’
    • ‘I'm sure you have plenty of marketing surveys that show people LOVE the convenience of having these unholy abominations, but I know what you're up to.’
    • ‘I don't want to upset any owners of these abominations but for heavens sake, what on earth possessed you when you bought one of these things.’
    • ‘The ‘free markets’ of this New Classicism have not stopped the abjection and exclusion of others; instead, social abominations have intensified.’
    • ‘In my heart of hearts, I think unenforceable laws such as these are abominations that bring the entire legal system into disrepute.’
    • ‘‘There are no detailed global reports emanating from Amnesty International on the abominations of terrorists,’ she says.’
    • ‘Some are flights of architectural fantasy providing unimaginable luxury for as little as six guests, others are huge hotel style abominations that disgorge legions of the dreaded zebra-striped minibuses.’
    • ‘At this point you're offered a number of herbal abominations or else a bag of Liptons, the one ubiquitous brand of American ‘normal’ tea.’
    • ‘Every police officer and prosecutor encounters a few such men: soulless abominations that delight in torment, betrayal, and wanton suffering.’
    • ‘In idyllic seclusion he is watched over by preening geishas and the resort's manager, Mr Komatsu, as he samples many dishes, including the vilest of all abominations - the Mountain Potato.’
    • ‘Who are the real traitors to western enlightenment values - those of us who find both totalitarianism and religious fundamentalism abominations or those who topple dictators to install theocracy?’
    • ‘That is not to say abominations have not been committed and covered up by clergy.’
    • ‘Since human beings would be lost without their conceptual schemas, and since every schema has its limitations, it's inevitable that we'll encounter abominations in our daily lives.’
    • ‘Building regulations were stretched to the very limit, and the last thing considered was environmental impact and the lives of the people who would occupy these abominations.’
    atrocity, disgrace, horror, obscenity, outrage, curse, torment, evil, crime, monstrosity, violation, bugbear, anathema, bane
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    1. 1.1 A feeling of hatred.
      ‘their abomination of indulgence’
      • ‘Here, in the words of the Scripture, is desolation of abomination, or at any rate its beginnings.’
      • ‘With this tradition I view this bonfire as act of abomination.’
      • ‘It is a cityscape of abomination, the nightmare of a Classicist.’
      • ‘Today the far right uses the unconscious urges of gender-sex abomination and abjection toward Others.’
      • ‘They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.’
      detestation, loathing, hatred, aversion, antipathy, revulsion, repugnance, abhorrence, odium, execration, disgust, horror, hostility, disdain, contempt, distaste, dislike
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Middle English: from Latin abominatio(n-), from the verb abominari (see abominate).