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Abomina'tion. n.s.

  1. Hatred, detestation; as, to have in abomination.

    To assist king Charles by English or Dutch forces, would render him odious to his new subjects, who have nothing in so great abomination, as those whom they hold for heretics. Swift's Miscellanies.

  2. The object of hatred.

    That ye shall say, thy servant's trade hath been about cattle, from our youth even until now, both we and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians. Genesis, xlvi. 34.

  3. Pollution, defilement.

    And there shall in no wife enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie. Rev. xxi. 27.

    Each heart in Rome does love and pity you;
    Only th' adulterous Antony, most large
    In his abominations, turns you off,
    And gives his potent regiment to a trull,
    That noses it against us.
    Shakesp. Antony and Cleopatra.

  4. The cause of pollution.

    And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonian, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. 2 Kings, xxiii. 13.

Sources: The Bible - 2. Kings (12) · Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · The Bible - Genesis (48) · The Bible - Revelation (4) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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