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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(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
1. abhorrent, horrible, revolting, foul. 2. miserable.
1. likable, admirable. 2. delightful. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for abominably
Historical Examples
  • He became for a time the lover of Nana, but treated her so abominably that she left him.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • "He's abominably drunk," murmured she, with an air of disgust mingled with dread.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • "I hear that he was abominably rude to the Baron the other day," said Madame Sella.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Are you the brother of this liar and monster who has deceived me so abominably?

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The opinion that he treated her abominably was based on her frightened expression.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • You have been abominably treated and you accept it with a smile.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • You know why she hates me, and understand why she treats me so abominably?

  • He had married her for her money, and treated her abominably.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming
  • Without him the whole winter season would have been abominably dull.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • "And he's abominably rude," she went on, with a sudden return of pettishness.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for abominably


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 abominably



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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