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 abominably (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 But white Americans are still being killed by police at an abominable rate. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "What about police violence against white people?," 9 June 2020 Even the harshest critics of the media should decry these abominable tactics by both the police and the protesters, though in fairness the cops are often overwhelmed and numerous officers have been injured in the riots. Fox News, "Journalists caught in the violent middle as Trump vows ‘law and order’," 3 June 2020 Buick's limited-edition GNX of 1987 was a perfect specimen of an abominable car matched to a wonderful turbo V -6. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 GMC Typhoon," 19 May 2020 But there isn’t anything particularly mysterious in this mystery, except why someone doesn’t bump off Ivy’s abominable father. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Rape, Torture, Murder, Beheadings — All in a Day’s Work for Marilyn Stasio," 15 May 2020 An offense that was miserable – make that downright abominable – in 2019 got a shot in the arm when Ramsey arrived from Indiana in the offseason. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten power rankings: Where Michigan football, Michigan State sit in offseason," 4 May 2020 The class differences are abominable in this haven: The rich and privileged living in comfort in first-class cars while the poor and desperate are crammed in the train’s cramped tail. Jeanne Jakle, ExpressNews.com, "Jeanne Jakle: 10 new TV series to watch in May, including ‘City of Angels,’ ‘Upload,’ ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Snowpiercer’," 24 Apr. 2020 The way the United States has treated Iran over the past three years is an abominable war crime. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "The U.S. coronavirus outbreak is going to be worse than Iran's," 27 Mar. 2020 What's particularly abominable is that (the man) also concealed his son's return with him from Wuhan. James Griffiths, CNN, "China's massive security state is being used to crack down on the Wuhan virus," 10 Feb. 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 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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