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 formsa·bom·i·na·ble·ness, nouna·bom·i·na·bly, adverbsu·per·a·bom·i·na·ble, adjectivesu·per·a·bom·i·na·ble·ness, nounsu·per·a·bom·i·na·bly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for abominable

Contemporary Examples of abominable

Historical Examples of abominable

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for abominable



offensive; loathsome; detestable
informal very bad, unpleasant, or inferiorabominable weather; abominable workmanship
Derived Formsabominably, adverb

Word Origin for abominable

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.

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