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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.
Origin of abominable
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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  • Outside active sins, to which it may be presumed no temptation allured herself, were abominable to her.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • It is abominable, and it frees us from the promises we made.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The roads were abominable, for driving or riding or walking.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • But it was of no use, and all this abominable work must be done over again.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • But they speedily recognized their mistake and discovered the abominable character of the invaders.

    Porto Rico Arthur D. Hall
  • It was the brand of shame, the blow given by the abominable treaty of peace.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
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 Old French abominable (12c.) and directly from Late Latin abominabilis "deserving abhorrence," from stem of Latin abominari "deplore as an evil omen" (see abomination). Sometimes misdivided in earlier centuries as a bominable. Also often abhominable 14c.-17c. Related: Abominably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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