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abominable

[uh-bom-uh-nuh-buh l] /əˈbɒm ə nə bəl/
adjective
1.
repugnantly hateful; detestable; loathsome:
an abominable crime.
2.
very unpleasant; disagreeable:
The weather was abominable last week.
3.
very bad, poor, or inferior:
They have abominable taste in clothes.
Origin of abominable
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin abōminābilis, equivalent to abōminā(rī) 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
Synonyms
1. abhorrent, horrible, revolting, foul. 2. miserable.
Antonyms
1. likable, admirable. 2. delightful.
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  • It is abominable, and it frees us from the promises we made.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • But it was of no use, and all this abominable work must be done over again.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Is it not abominable, the way these schools of St. Cyr and the Paris military are run?

  • This kind of petty bribery is, of course, abominable, and should never be countenanced.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Owing to the time of the year and to the abominable weather there were hardly any passengers.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Why are you in London, enjoying our abominable spring weather?

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for abominable

abominable

/əˈbɒmɪnəbəl/
adjective
1.
offensive; loathsome; detestable
2.
(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
adj.

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.

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