Abominate meaning

ə-bŏmə-nāt
The definition of abominate means to hate or have contempt for something.

An example abominate would be a situation in which someone intensely dislikes brussel sprouts.

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To detest thoroughly; abhor.
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To feel hatred and disgust for; loathe.
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To dislike very much.
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(rare) Abominable; detested. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
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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.]
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(colloquial) To dislike stongly. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
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Origin of abominate

  • Latin abōminārī abōmināt- to deprecate as a bad omen ab- away ab–1 ōmen omen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 omin- (“omen”).

    From Wiktionary