[ uh-bom-uh-nuh-buhl ]
/ 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

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British Dictionary definitions for abominably


/ (əˈbɒmɪnəbəl) /


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

Derived Forms

abominably, adverb

Word Origin for abominable

C14: from Latin abōminābilis, from abōminārī to abominate
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