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”). abominate + -ion
abomination (plural abominations)
- An abominable act; a disgusting vice; a despicable habit. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
- The feeling of extreme disgust and hatred [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- (obsolete) A state that excites detestation or abhorrence; pollution. [Attested from around (1350 - 1470) to the late 15th century.]
- That which is abominable, shamefully vile; an object that excites disgust and hatred; very often with religious undertones. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
1606, Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, III-vi:
- Antony, most large in his abominations.
- ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 , ISBN 0550142304), 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 978-0-19-860457-0, page 6.
abomination f (plural abominations)