[ uh-bom-uh-nuh-buhl ]
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  1. repugnantly hateful; detestable; loathsome: an abominable crime.

  2. very unpleasant; disagreeable: The weather was abominable last week.

  1. 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

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  • a·bom·i·na·ble·ness, noun
  • a·bom·i·na·bly, adverb
  • su·per·a·bom·i·na·ble, adjective
  • su·per·a·bom·i·na·ble·ness, noun
  • su·per·a·bom·i·na·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for abominable


/ (əˈbɒmɪnəbəl) /

  1. offensive; loathsome; detestable

  2. informal very bad, unpleasant, or inferior: abominable weather; abominable workmanship

Origin of abominable

C14: from Latin abōminābilis, from abōminārī to abominate

Derived forms of abominable

  • abominably, adverb

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