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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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 What makes the Emily in Paris example so abominable is the show soon switches to the better approach. Zak Jason, Wired, "TV Characters Don’t Have Text History. This Is Not OK," 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, "A Justified Pardon," 29 Nov. 2020 Things got even worse in 2013, when AMD launched the final Piledriver CPU—the abominable FX-9590. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "A history of Intel vs. AMD desktop performance, with CPU charts galore," 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, "The Left Turn That Never Came," 7 Nov. 2020 Segura hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and drove in a career-best five runs, bailing out the Phillies’ abominable bullpen to salvage a 9-8 win over the New York Mets on Monday for a four-game split. Jake Seiner, courant.com, "Segura bails out Phillies’ bullpen with HR in 10th to beat Mets," 7 Sep. 2020 There are innumerable other stories, true or false, of abominable third-degree cruelties which have not found their way into print but are widely circulated. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, "Who Is the Tyrant?," 18 Aug. 2020 The new Republican coronavirus relief bill is abominable. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The 2020 Election Doesn’t Really Matter to Republicans," 30 July 2020 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

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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 Mar. 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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