Noun Abominating Definition and Examples







Detest; loathe.
  1. 'To comment first on Monsignor Maniscalco's letter: of course Pius XII was concerned for the Jews and their fate, and he abominated the Nazis.'
  2. 'A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.'
  3. 'Although the Romans abominated the memory of the later Etruscan kings of Rome, a long tradition approved of both Romulus, who was renowned for the arts of war, and Numa, renowned for the arts of peace.'
  4. 'It is always difficult for passionate moral minorities to operate in plural cultures because they have to learn to live alongside practices which they abominate.'
  5. 'In fact, contact with many of them has taught me that it is possible to abominate the crime without always abominating the criminal.'
  6. 'His most ambitious music was abominated by conservative critics and also baffled concert audiences.'
  7. 'Again and again he declared that he would vigorously enforce laws which he abominates, on civil rights, abortion rights, gay rights, etc.'
  8. 'Could it be that when Silone wrote to Bellone in 1931 about ‘the evil I have done’, he meant the evil of communism whose servant he had been and which he had come to abominate?'
  9. 'Cohen pointed out, quite rightly, that ‘there were 20 million reasons’ (the number of people killed by Stalin) to abominate the name of Stalin beyond all others.'
  10. 'Anthony abominates his fantasies, but again hears a subversive voice.'
((p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abominate)

Mid 17th century: from Latin abominat- ‘deprecated’, from the verb abominari, from ab- ‘away, from’ + omen, omin- ‘omen’.

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