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 abominably

Historical Examples of abominably

  • He became for a time the lover of Nana, but treated her so abominably that she left him.

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    J. G. Patterson

  • "He's abominably drunk," murmured she, with an air of disgust mingled with dread.


    Emile Zola

  • "I hear that he was abominably rude to the Baron the other day," said Madame Sella.

  • Are you the brother of this liar and monster who has deceived me so abominably?

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    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • The opinion that he treated her abominably was based on her frightened expression.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for abominably



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 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.

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