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’
    • ‘Abortion, capital punishment and euthanasia are all abominations to him - repudiated by his own public struggle with death.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Roberts then said that ‘our history was an interminable procession of bloodshed, abominations and mass murder.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People of taste in both countries, must be sickened by these abominations.’
    • ‘‘There are no detailed global reports emanating from Amnesty International on the abominations of terrorists,’ she says.’
    • ‘Hannah Arendt numbered him among the few who confronted the reality of the three great abominations - the Holocaust, the Gulag and Hiroshima.’
    • ‘Has nothing been learned from the architectural abominations foisted on our city in the 1960s?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every police officer and prosecutor encounters a few such men: soulless abominations that delight in torment, betrayal, and wanton suffering.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That is not to say abominations have not been committed and covered up by clergy.’
    • ‘The curly quotes and other plain-text abominations can be deactivated using Entourage's Tools > AutoCorrect > AutoFormat settings.’
    • ‘In my heart of hearts, I think unenforceable laws such as these are abominations that bring the entire legal system into disrepute.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘Today the far right uses the unconscious urges of gender-sex abomination and abjection toward Others.’
      • ‘It is a cityscape of abomination, the nightmare of a Classicist.’
      • ‘With this tradition I view this bonfire as act of abomination.’
      • ‘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).