abomination

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n abomination an action that is vicious or vile; an action that arouses disgust or abhorrence "his treatment of the children is an abomination"
    • n abomination hate coupled with disgust
    • n abomination a person who is loathsome or disgusting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abomination A cause of pollution or wickedness.
    • Abomination That which is abominable; anything hateful, wicked, or shamefully vile; an object or state that excites disgust and hatred; a hateful or shameful vice; pollution. "Antony, most large in his abominations ."
    • Abomination The feeling of extreme disgust and hatred; abhorrence; detestation; loathing; as, he holds tobacco in abomination .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abomination The act of abominating or the state of being abominated; the highest degree of aversion; detestation.
    • n abomination That which is abominated or abominable; an object greatly disliked or abhorred; hence, hateful or shameful vice.
    • n abomination In the Bible, often, that which is ceremonially impure; ceremonial impurity; defilement; that which defiles. Synonyms Detestation, loathing, disgust, abhorrence, repugnance, horror, aversion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Abomination extreme aversion: anything disgusting or detestable
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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
OE. abominacioun, -cion, F. abominatio,. See Abominate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abomināri, -ātus, to turn from as of bad omen. See Omen.

Usage

In literature:

It was all, as she had said, shameless and abominable.
"In The Palace Of The King" by F. Marion Crawford
Confound the abominable complications of an accursed civilization, I say!
"The American Baron" by James De Mille
Now I both despise and abominate you!
"Droll Stories, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
At the same time they sing the most abominable and filthy songs.
"Dr. Scudder's Tales for Little Readers, About the Heathen." by Dr. John Scudder
Every day she stays in the house I become a more abominable old woman.
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The abomination of desolation raised its voice to heaven: let it cease.
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
The people, apart from their cruel and abominable religion, were the gentlest and most peaceful I have ever known.
"In the Wrong Paradise" by Andrew Lang
If necessary, he would sit up with those abominable books all Thursday night and Friday night.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
It bored me abominably.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
One Presbyterian trustee left his business in Belfast and ventured himself among the abominations of Paris.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
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In poetry:


Y was a Youth, who kicked
And screamed and cried like mad;
Papa he said, 'Your conduct is
Abominably bad!'
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
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
From thoughts so dreadful and profane,
Corrupt discourse proceeds;
And in their impious hands are found
Abominable deeds.
"Psalm 14 part 1" by Isaac Watts
"Tell not me of skill or virtue,
Filial love or woman's beauty—
Jews are Jews, as serpents serpents,
In themselves abomination."
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus
Then were it proper
To execute at once upon the Jew
The penal laws in such a case provided
By papal and imperial right, against
So foul a crime--such dire abomination.
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
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:

Gay student organizations forced to accept those who believe that homosexuality is an abomination.
Who thinks that Vietnam and Iraq were abominations, though not Kosovo.
They have deemed the Québecois accent an "abomination" of what they consider the most beautiful language.
Yes, Black Friday is a tradition to some and an abomination to others.
Tips for raising your genetically engineered abomination.
There will always be unscrupulous politicians who try to scapegoat our teachers and it is really an abomination that this stuff goes on.
The artifact once belonged to a human, not an abominable snow monster.
Feds endorsed rules for catching the abominable snowman.
They see modern-secular Zionism as an abomination.
Religious figures denounce pop diva's Jakarta concert as an abomination.
The beating death of Delfino Mora, who was merely collecting cans in an alley in West Rogers Park, is an abomination.
"I was afraid of the Abominable Snowman when I was a kid," Young admits.
There is so much that is admirable in George Steiner's attitudes, so much in both his desiderations and his abominations to agree with, that his faults are all the more distressing.
Two girlfriends catch up over an abomination called the beerita, which inverts a Corona bottle into a lackluster frozen margarita.
Fifth-graders at Beechwood Elementary School are diving into an arctic adventure complete with polar bears, a snow princess and an abominable snow man.
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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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