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)
- 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]
- 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)
- Very bad or inferior.
- Disagreeable or unpleasant. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
- Nouns to which "abominable" is often applied: man, woman, crime, act, deed, sin, vice, character, place, mystery, treatment, church.