abomination

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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 ōmin (omen).[1]

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abomination (plural abominations)

  1. An abominable act; a disgusting vice; a despicable habit. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.][2]
  2. The feeling of extreme disgust and hatred; abhorrence; detestation; loathing. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][2]
  3. (obsolete) A state that excites detestation or abhorrence; pollution. [Attested from around (1350 - 1470) to the late 15th century.][2]
  4. That which is abominable, shamefully vile; an object that excites disgust and hatred; very often with religious undertones. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][2]
    • Antony, most large in his abominations. Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, III-vi

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  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. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 6

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abomination f (plural abominations)

  1. Something vile and abominable; an abomination.
  2. (chiefly religion) Revulsion, abomination, disgust.