Word of the Day Archive
Sunday August 15, 2004
abominate \uh-BOM-uh-nayt\ , transitive verb:
To hate in the highest degree; to detest intensely; to loathe; to abhor.
I had no wish to study or learn anything, and as for Latin, I abominated it.
-- Charles Tyng, Before the Wind
Sir Laurence, he said, smiling wanly, "I detest literature. I abominate the theatre. I have a horror of culture. I am only interested in magic!"
-- John Lahr (editor), The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan
Abominate comes from Latin abominari, "to deprecate as a bad omen, to hate, to detest," from ab- + omen, "an omen."