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Good grief! Abominable, abominate and, now, abomination! How many variations on this theme does a dictionary need? I’d really rather not make it this easy for readers to tell me what they think of this project and my work on it.

An abomination is something worthy of being abominated, i.e., hated intensely. The feeling you are having when you abominate something is also an abomination. To my mind, the dictionary could have easily lumped all of those into an abdominal entry and be done with it.

That having been said, there is one special case of the word abomination that doesn’t get mentioned in the dictionary I’m using for this project, but which I think is worth noting. It’s not so much a difference in meaning, but rather in who utters the word.

Evangelists love the word abomination. To them, an abomination is any deed or object that their particular version of religion says is unacceptable and which the evangelists want, for whatever reason, to discourage people from doing or acquiring. However, in some instances it’s a case of “do what I say, not what I do.” (If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, Google “evangelist affair” or “priest child abuse”.)

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