The Alternative English Dictionary: abominate

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abominate etymology First attested in 1644. Perhaps a {{back-form}}.{{R:CDOE|page=4}} Alternatively, perhaps from ll abōminātus, past participle of abōminarī, from ab + ominari, from omin-.{{R:MW3 1976|page=5}} pronunciation
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  • (US) /əˈbɒm.əˌnəɪt/, /əˈbɒm.ɪˌnəɪt/
  • (adjective) (US) /ə.ˈbɒm.ə.ˌnəɪt/, /ə.ˈbɒm.ɪ.ˌnəɪt, /ə.ˈbɒm.ə.nət/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare) Abominable; detest. {{defdate}}{{R:SOED5|page=6}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To feel disgust towards; to abhor; to loathe or detest thoroughly; to hate in the highest degree, as if with religious dread. {{defdate}}
    • "Much as I abominate writing, I would not give up Mr. Collins's correspondence for any consideration." (Pride and Prejudice)
  2. (transitive, colloquial) To dislike strongly. {{defdate}}
Synonyms: (to abhor) hate, abhor, loathe, detest, See also
related terms:
  • abomination

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