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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English abhomynable, from Old French abominable, from Late Latin abōminābilis (deserving abhorrence), from abōminor (abhor, deprecate as an ill omen), from ab (from, away from) + ōminor (forebode, predict, presage), from ōmen (sign, token, omen).

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈbɑm.ə.nə.bl̩/, /əˈbɑm.nə.bl̩/
  • (General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ɘˈbɔm.ɘ.nɘ.bɯ/
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AdjectiveEdit

abominable (comparative more abominable, superlative most abominable)

  1. Worthy of, or causing, abhorrence, as a thing of evil omen; odious in the utmost degree; very hateful; detestable; loathsome; execrable. [first attested around 1150 to 1350][1]
    • But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. — Revelation 21:8 (KJV)
  2. (obsolete) Excessive, large (used as an intensifier).
  3. Very bad or inferior.
  4. Disagreeable or unpleasant. [First attested in the late 19th century.][1]

Usage notesEdit

  • Nouns to which "abominable" is often applied: man, woman, crime, act, deed, sin, vice, character, place, mystery, treatment, church, bride, snowman.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], →ISBN), page 6

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abominable (masculine and feminine plural abominables)

  1. abominable

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin abōminābilis (abominable, detestable).

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abominable (plural abominables)

  1. Absolutely loathsome; abominable.
  2. Exceedingly bad or ugly; abominable.

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Middle EnglishEdit

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abominable

  1. Alternative form of abhomynable

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin abōminābilis.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /abomiˈnable/, [aβomiˈnaβle]

AdjectiveEdit

abominable (plural abominables)

  1. abominable

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