abominate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1644. Perhaps a back-formation from abomination..[1] Alternatively, perhaps from Late Latin abōminātus, past participle of abōminarī (to deprecate as an ill omen), from ab + ominari (to forebode, presage), from omin- (omen).[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈbɒm.əˌnəɪt/, /əˈbɒm.ɪˌnəɪt/
  • (adjective): (US) IPA(key): /ə.ˈbɒm.ə.ˌnəɪt/, /ə.ˈbɒm.ɪ.ˌnəɪt, /ə.ˈbɒm.ə.nət/

Adjective[edit]

abominate (comparative more abominate, superlative most abominate)

  1. (rare) Abominable; detested. [First attested in the late 16th century.][3]

Verb[edit]

abominate (third-person singular simple present abominates, present participle abominating, simple past and past participle abominated)

  1. (transitive) To feel disgust towards; to abhor; to loathe or detest thoroughly; to hate in the highest degree, as if with religious dread. [First attested in the mid 17th century.][3]
    • "Much as I abominate writing, I would not give up Mr. Collins's correspondence for any consideration." (Pride and Prejudice)
  2. (transitive, colloquial) To dislike stongly. [First attested in the late 19th century.][3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], ISBN 0550142304), page 4
  2. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 5
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 6

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

abominate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of abominare
  2. second-person plural imperative of abominare
  3. feminine plural of abominato

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

abōmināte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of abōminō