abominable[ə bäm′ə nə bəl]
- The definition of abominable is awful, hated, really bad or unpleasant, or gross.
1. An example of abominable would be cruelty to animals.2. Another example of abominable would be swimming in a freezing cold pool.
- nasty and disgusting; vile; loathsome
- highly unpleasant; disagreeable; very bad: abominable taste
Origin of abominableMiddle English abhominable (sp. influenced, influence by folk etymology derived, derivative ; from Classical Latin ab homine, away from man, inhuman) ; from Old French abominable ; from Classical Latin abominabilis ; from abominari: see abominate
- Unequivocally detestable; loathsome: abominable treatment of prisoners.
- Thoroughly unpleasant or disagreeable: abominable weather.
Origin of abominableMiddle English abhominable, from Old French, from Latin abōminābilis, from abōminārī, to abhor; see abominate.
(comparative more abominable, superlative most abominable)
- Nouns to which "abominable" is often applied: man, woman, crime, act, deed, sin, vice, character, place, mystery, treatment, church.
From Middle English, 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”).