First attested in 1644. Perhaps a back-formation from abomination. Alternatively, perhaps from Late Latin abōminātus, past participle of abōminarī (“to deprecate as an ill omen”), from ab + ominari (“to forebode, presage”), from omen.
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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/
- (transitive) To feel disgust towards; to loathe or detest thoroughly; to hate in the highest degree, as if with religious dread. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
- Synonym: abhor
- 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice:
- "Much as I abominate writing, I would not give up Mr. Collins's correspondence for any consideration."
- (transitive, colloquial) To dislike strongly. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
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- ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 , →ISBN), page 4
- ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 , →ISBN), page 5
- “abominate” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 6.