abom·​i·​na·​ble | \ ə-ˈbäm-nə-bəl How to pronounce abominable (audio) , -ˈbä-mə- \

Definition of abominable

1 formal : worthy of or causing disgust or hatred : detestable the abominable treatment of the poor an abominable crime
2 : very bad or unpleasant abominable weather

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Other Words from abominable

abominably \ ə-​ˈbäm-​nə-​blē How to pronounce abominable (audio) , -​ˈbä-​mə-​ \ adverb
being treated abominably abominably bad weather

Examples of abominable in a Sentence

It was an abominable crime. your table manners are abominable!
Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, the abominable showman mentions having kids including a daughter, and Omarion has a son and daughter. Rachel Yang, EW.com, 19 May 2021 His administration was condemned for a wide range of misdeeds, ranging from the problematic to the abominable (including torture and other human rights violations). Jill Filipovic, CNN, 21 Apr. 2021 An ethical case can be made for dropping an abominable turd in of their Type-A track, just for humbling. Sundog, Outside Online, 3 Apr. 2021 Taking small profits in good investments and letting losses grow in bad ones is a sign of abominable investment judgment. Dallas News, 28 Mar. 2021 What makes the Emily in Paris example so abominable is the show soon switches to the better approach. Zak Jason, Wired, 16 Feb. 2021 Flynn did nothing to undermine the Obama sanctions, and his exchanges regarding the (abominable) Israel resolution had no effect. The Editors, National Review, 29 Nov. 2020 Things got even worse in 2013, when AMD launched the final Piledriver CPU—the abominable FX-9590. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 17 Nov. 2020 The terrible thing, the abominable thing, the worst news for the country, is that this reconciliation, if Trump finally does not renew his term, would have to be brought about by a sectarian Kamala Harris. Itxu Díaz, National Review, 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of abominable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abominable

Middle English abhomynable, abomynable, borrowed from Anglo-French abhominable, abominable, borrowed from Late Latin abōminābilis, abhominābilis (spelling influenced by Latin ab homine "from the man"), from abōminārī "to detest, abominate" + -ābilis -able

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“Abominable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abominable. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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abom·​i·​na·​ble | \ ə-ˈbä-mə-nə-bəl How to pronounce abominable (audio) \

Kids Definition of abominable

1 : deserving or causing disgust abominable treatment of animals
2 : very disagreeable or unpleasant an abominable odor

Other Words from abominable

abominably \ -​blē \ adverb


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