Abominate Definition

abominated, abominates, abominating
abominated, abominates, abominating
To detest thoroughly; abhor.
American Heritage
To feel hatred and disgust for; loathe.
Webster's New World
To dislike very much.
Webster's New World

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.]

(colloquial) To dislike stongly. [First attested in the late 19th century.]

(rare) Abominable; detested. [First attested in the late 16th century.]


Origin of Abominate

  • 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

  • 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

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