abomination of desolation

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abomination of desolation

epithet for the destructive or hateful. [Western Folklore: Benét, 3]

abomination of desolation

epithet describing pagan idol in Jerusalem Temple. [O.T.: Daniel 9, 11, 12; N.T.: Mark 13:14; Matthew 24:15]
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The account of the rededication of the temple in 1 Maccabees 4 describes a problem presented by the altar, which the Syrians had defiled with a "desolating sacrilege" (1 Macc 1:54): "They deliberated what to do about the altar of burnt offering, which had been profaned....