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ABOMINATION, anything regarded with aversion as were things contrary to omen (Lat. ab, from, and ominor forbode). Evil doctrines and impure ceremonial practices are so-called in the Bible. Hebrew authorities hold that the expression "abomina tion of desolation" (Matt. xxiv. 15; Mark xiii. 14) refers to the desecration of the Sacred Temple of Jerusalem by the erection of heathen statues (see s.v. Jewish Encyclopedia).