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[uh-bom-uh-nuh-buh l] /əˈbɒm ə nə bəl/
repugnantly hateful; detestable; loathsome:
an abominable crime.
very unpleasant; disagreeable:
The weather was abominable last week.
very bad, poor, or inferior:
They have abominable taste in clothes.
1325-75; Middle English < Latin abōminābilis, equivalent to abōminā() to pray to avert an eventuality, despise as a bad omen, abhor (see ab-, omen) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
abominableness, noun
abominably, adverb
superabominable, adjective
superabominableness, noun
superabominably, adverb
1. abhorrent, horrible, revolting, foul. 2. miserable.
1. likable, admirable. 2. delightful. Unabridged
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Examples for abominable
  • Our play in the first quarter was abominable.
  • This is absolutely abominable, and you should be ashamed of yourself.
  • What adds to the wonder is that this abominable practice has been introduced in the most enlightened ages.
  • The program is a joke, the pay is terrible, and the working conditions are abominable.
  • What an abominable experience.
  • It also demonstrated that, though we may say we look away, we remain fascinated by the abominable.
  • Their cunning ways is absolutely abominable.
  • The food shortage is a result of bad luck and abominable policies.
  • Being forewarned that the movie would be “abominable” I was prepared for a kids' film.
  • His abominable human-rights record was generally ignored.
British Dictionary definitions for abominable


offensive; loathsome; detestable
(informal) very bad, unpleasant, or inferior abominable weather, abominable workmanship
Derived Forms
abominably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin abōminābilis, from abōminārī to abominate
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Word Origin and History for abominable
mid-14c., from O.Fr. abominable, from L. abominalis "worthy of abhorrence," from abominari (see abomination). Sometimes misdivided in earlier centuries as a bominable.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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