abominable

adjective
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 So too do a series of essays directed at his sons about Hemingway and the tricky, abominable nature of influence on young writers. Matt Gallagher, Time, "The Things They Carried Author Tim O'Brien Returns to Contemplate Fatherhood and America at War," 10 Oct. 2019 The second lesson should be obvious: The fact that the bar for proper public service toward Indian Country is set by Richard Nixon is abominable. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Indian Country Deserves a Better Hero Than Richard Nixon," 21 Oct. 2019 The governor and the Legislature need to take action on PG&E’s abominable safety record. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: California must not fail to deal with wildfire crisis," 19 June 2019 Like Charles Darwin, he was vexed by what Darwin called an abominable mystery: How did nature generate such a diversity of flower colors and forms? Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Meet the monkeyflower, a weed that may hold the key to zebra stripes and other biological mysteries," 29 Aug. 2019 His pedagogy was unremarkable, his method cruel, his behavior — influenced by a growing addiction to alcohol — abominable. Tim Page, Washington Post, "Beethoven: The genius who broke all the rules," 16 Aug. 2019 Zinedine Zidane already has a growing list of players who are unavailable through injury, after an abominable pre-season, with new summer signing Ferland Mendy and winger Brahim Diaz set to miss the opening day encounter with injuries. SI.com, "Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 14 Aug. 2019 And a tragic comment on the four hundredth anniversary of the most abominable practice in our democracy. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Rhetoric and Reality of Donald Trump’s Racism," 31 July 2019 Connors also explores the rise in the slave trade leading up to the Civil War, and how that coincided with the decline of the whaling industry, forcing some men towards abominable choices. Nina Maclaughlin, BostonGlobe.com, "A riveting survival story; a whaler turned slave trader," 25 July 2019

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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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5 Dec 2019

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“Abominable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abominably. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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abominable

adjective
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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