First attested around 1350. From Middle English abominacioun, from Middle French abomination (“horror, disgust”), from Late Latin abōminātiō (“abomination”); ab (“away from”) + ōminārī (“prophesy, foreboding”), from ōmen (“omen”). Doublet of abominatio. abominate + -ion
- (Received Pronunciation, US) IPA(key): /əˌbɑm.əˈneɪ.ʃn̩/, /əˌbɑm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃn̩/
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- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
- (countable) An abominable act; a disgusting vice; a despicable habit. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
- 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 160:
- Religious sodomy was practised by male prostitutes in the Hebrew temple groves, which was one of the abominations of Israel that Josiah cleared away.
- (uncountable) The feeling of extreme disgust and hatred [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- (obsolete, uncountable) A state that excites detestation or abhorrence; pollution. [Attested from around 1350-1470 to the late 15th century.]
- (countable) That which is abominable, shamefully vile; an object that excites disgust and hatred; very often with religious undertones. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- Synonym: perversion
- 1606, Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, III-vi:
- Antony, most large in his abominations.
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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
- “abomination”, 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.
abomination f (plural abominations)