abominate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v abominate find repugnant "I loathe that man","She abhors cats"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Abominate To turn from as ill-omened; to hate in the highest degree, as if with religious dread; loathe; as, to abominate all impiety.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abominate To hate extremely; abhor; detest.
    • abominate Synonyms Abhor, Detest, etc. See hate.
    • abominate Detested; held in abomination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Abominate ab-om′in-āt to abhor: to detest extremely
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Quotations

  • Edmond and Jules De Goncourt
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    “There have been many definitions of beauty in art. What is it? Beauty is what the untrained eyes consider abominable.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “They are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.”
  • Eric Hoffer
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    “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.”
  • Andre Gide
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    “The abominable effort to take one's sins with one to paradise.”
  • Aldous Huxley
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    “Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abominatus, p. p. or abominari, to deprecate as ominous, to abhor, to curse; ab, + omen, a foreboding. See Omen
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abomināri, -ātus, to turn from as of bad omen. See Omen.

Usage

In literature:

All we have against it is that it has served as the model for too many processed abominations.
"The Complete Book of Cheese" by Robert Carlton Brown
The meal is endless; each course is equally unappetizing to look at, and abominably served.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
This landscape of abomination changes.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
But in all other 'tis held abominable, and severely punished.
"An Historical Relation Of The Island Ceylon In The East Indies" by Robert Knox
I think it's everything that is most abominable.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
Every falsehood, calumny, and abomination that could come from the lips of man, were poured out by the wretch before me.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine--Vol. 54, No. 333, July 1843" by Various
This sort of thing belonged to the happy past, and could have no proper place in the abominable present.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
Their abominations will come to day-light in this "Judgment Dispensation," when the criminals will least expect.
"Secret Enemies of True Republicanism" by Andrew B. Smolnikar
It was abominably cold; the rain fell continually, and the wind blew in long gusts, piercing, cutting.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris
His great height was a crowning abomination.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
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In poetry:

Coldly they went about to raise
To life and make more dread
Abominations of old days,
That men believed were dead.
"The Outlaws" by Rudyard Kipling
Everybody so dear, and yourself so ultra-beloved
That you have to run out at last and eat filth,
Gobble up filth, you horror, swallow utter abomination and
fresh-dropped dung.
"Bibbles" by D H Lawrence
What mean those marks upon thee, girl?
Those prints of brutal osculation?
Great grief! that lowlife and that churl!
That Telephus abomination!
Can him, O votary of Venus,
Else everything is off between us.
"Jealousy" by Franklin Pierce Adams
'Tis a shame to human nature, such a head of hair as his;
In the good old time 'twas hanging for the color that it is;
Though hanging isn't bad enough and flaying would be fair
For the nameless and abominable color of his hair.
"XVIII: Oh Who Is That Young Sinner with the Handcuffs on his Wrists" by A E Housman
The merciless sun had found the slot now
To hide in, and lit for the wick of that stone lamp-bowl a sky
almost, I thought, abominably beautiful;
While our lost artist we used to admire: for now I knew him:
spoke of his passion.
"An Artist" by Robinson Jeffers
And in doing so the good man, in my opinion, was right,
Because the evils of intemperance is an abomination in God's sight;
And all those that get drunk are enemies to Him,
Likewise enemies to Christ's kingdom, which is a great sin.
"The Funeral of the Late Ex-Provost Rough, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The Mirkarimi case is an abomination .
Same-sex Marriage vs " Abomination Marriage".
DeLay Calls New Indictment 'An Abomination of Justice'.
Ninkasi's Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt, Hopworks' Abominable Winter Ale , Rouge's Yellow Snow IPA, and Elyisan's Bifrost Winter Ale .
Abominable Winter Ale Purchased at Whole Foods (South Lake Union).
New Age for Abominable Snowmen.
And a terrible Bloody Mary is an abomination: Too much or too little of any one of the half-dozen or so ingredients that go into the drink can muck it up.
The center of the pie seems normal enough, but its "crust" is made up of parmesan-encrusted bread cones that are stuffed with either cream cheese or honey mustard chicken, like a ring of the world's most abominable cannoli.
Researchers Solve Darwin 's 'Abominable Mystery.
Let's resurrect an old NewsCut category for this story out of the Europe today: Art or abomination.
I've enjoyed my share of prefab frostings , and these abominations don't deserve a place on the same grocery store shelf.
But amid the miniature Snoopys and Jack Skellingtons comes this $12.95 abomination.
"That bombing was an abomination," said Imam Mohamed Al-Darsani.
What a way to sum up this as-seen-on-TV abomination — which couldn't come up with a less obvious name for its opening track than "It's On".
Legendary as the "Abominable Showman," notorious producer David Merrick re-conquers Broadway in 1980 with a smash adaptation of the movie musical 42nd Street.
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In science:

The work of Lemaˆıtre, like the one of his predecessor Friedmann, was still not appreciated by Einstein who found it “abominable” [1, 2].
Models of universe with a polytropic equation of state: I. The early universe
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