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”). Formerly erroneously folk-etymologized as deriving from Latin ab- + homo and therefore spelled abhominable, abhominal; see those entries for more.
- (US) IPA(key): /əˈbɑm.ə.nə.bl̩/, /əˈbɑm.nə.bl̩/
- (General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ɘˈbɔm.ɘ.nɘ.bɯ/
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- 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]
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Revelation 21:8, column 1:
- But the feareful, and vnbeleeuing, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and ſorcerers, and idolaters, and all lyars, ſhall haue their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimſtone: which is the ſecond death.
- 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
- The parish stank of idolatry, abominable rites were practiced in secret, and in all the bounds there was no one had a more evil name for the black traffic than one Alison Sempill, who bode at the Skerburnfoot.
- (obsolete) Excessive, large (used as an intensifier).
- Very bad or inferior.
- Disagreeable or unpleasant. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
- 2017 July 8, Zoe Williams, “Fit in my 40s: 'The brute fact is, something must be done'”, in The Guardian:
- I want to go faster on my bike than a person with a beard. I want to be the first to own whatever’s the next spiraliser. I want it all: a carapace of insouciance over rock-hard triceps.
This is an abominable thing to want, vain in every sense. But I’m going to set out to do whatever it takes not to decay faster than other people, and report it accurately and fairly.
- Nouns to which "abominable" is often applied: man, woman, crime, act, deed, sin, vice, character, place, mystery, treatment, church, bride, snowman.
- → Norwegian Bokmål: abominabel
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- Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abominable”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 6.
- abominable in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- abominable in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- abominable at OneLook Dictionary Search
- (Balearic) IPA(key): /ə.bo.miˈna.blə/
- (Central) IPA(key): /ə.bu.miˈna.blə/
- (Valencian) IPA(key): /a.bo.miˈna.ble/
- Rhymes: -ablə, -able
abominable (masculine and feminine plural abominables)
abominable (plural abominables)
- Most terms of the second category also have literal meanings closer to that of the first, but are now less common in these uses, as well as marking actions that are not as markedly odious.
- (loathsome): odieux, méprisable, ignoble, sacrilège (religious), impie (religious)
- (exceedingly bad or ugly): laid, détestable, exécrable, horrible
- “abominable” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
abominable m or f (plural abominables)
- Alternative form of
abominable (plural abominables)