abomination 1 abhorrence, detestation, loathing, hatred, hate (see under HATE vb)
Analogous words: scorn, despite, contempt, disdain (see under DESPISE): execration, objurgation (see corresponding verbs at EXECRATE)
Antonyms: esteem: enjoyment
Contrasted words: admiration, respect, *regard: relish, gusto, zest, *taste
2 Abomination, anathema, bugbear, bête noire agree in meaning a person or thing from which one shrinks with intense dislike.
Something is an abomination that provokes loathing, disgust, and extreme displeasure

lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight— Prov 12:22


a wonderful wooden statue . . . now replaced by the usual metal abominationNorman Douglas

Something is anathema (or an anathema) to one when it is banned from one’s presence or dismissed from one’s mind as being odious or beyond the pale. The word in this sense is always reminiscent of St. Paul’s use

if any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema1 Cor 16:22


had a flair for new writers. They were as welcome to him as they were anathema to most editors of that day— Repplier


all plays are anathema to him, and he even disapproves of dancing bears— Quiller-Couch

Something is a bugbear to one when one anticipates encountering it with detestation and dread and therefore tries to evade or avoid it; often but not invariably the word connotes an imaginary basis for one’s fears

what is the dire necessity and “iron” law under which men groan? Truly, most gratuitously invented bugbearsT. H. Huxley


but to the world no bugbear is so great, as want of figure, and a small estate— Popey

One’s bête noire is one’s pet aversion, a person or thing one habitually or particularly avoids, often with superstitious fear

truth . . . the breath of the poet, the vision of the artist and prophet, the quarry of the scientist . . . the toy of the careless, the bête noire of the politician— Forumy

Analogous words: plague, pest, annoyance (see corresponding verbs at WORRY): aversion, *antipathy
Antonyms: joy
Contrasted words: delight, *pleasure, delectation: gratification, regalement (see corresponding verbs at PLEASE)

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.


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