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 \ -​blē How to pronounce abominably (audio) \ adverb
being treated abominably abominably bad weather

Examples of abominable in a Sentence

It was an abominable crime. your table manners are abominable!

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Though West nearly drowned himself in public scrutiny with his abominable comments on slavery and his unwavering support of Trump, Smith says he's embraced Ye's decision to fearlessly express his views. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Will Smith Commends Kanye West For Pushing His Ideas Forward: 'He's Making People Think'," 5 July 2018 There was no exchange with anybody, not with the mayors and in fact, this terrible abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people. Fox News, "Watters' Words: The lying left," 24 June 2018 In Greek mythology, cannibalism was seen as an abominable practice that divided the civilized and savage worlds. Pallavi Kottamasu, BostonGlobe.com, "Were cannibals really so bad?," 2 June 2018 In the eyes of hip-hop purists, his remarks against the venerated MC was damning and downright abominable. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "03 Greedo on His 20-Year Prison Sentence & Why His Legacy Will Be 'Bigger Than Michael Jackson'," 22 May 2018 Their record over the last two years is an abominable 1-31. New York Times, "Jump on the Bandwagon of a Winning Super Bowl N.F.L. Team? Not These Cleveland Browns Fans.," 3 Feb. 2018 After all that, the Irish successfully completed the turnaround from the abominable 2016 season. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football's 2017 turnaround could lead to bigger things in 2018," 1 Jan. 2018 Most of that came from his abominable 2004, where Miller finished with a .026 (1-for-39) batting average. Gabriel Baumgaertner, SI.com, "Who Is The Ultimate Backup Catcher?," 1 Mar. 2018 The main entree, seared white fish, was a salve to the abominable second course, but only just. Joseph Hernandez, chicagotribune.com, "Restaurant Week at Allium leaves a sour note," 30 Jan. 2018

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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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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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