Abominable Definition

Unequivocally detestable; loathsome.
Abominable treatment of prisoners.
American Heritage
Nasty and disgusting; vile; loathsome.
Webster's New World
Thoroughly unpleasant or disagreeable.
Abominable weather.
American Heritage
Highly unpleasant; disagreeable; very bad.
Abominable taste.
Webster's New World

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]


Origin of Abominable

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English abhominable from Old French from Latin abōminābilis from abōminārī to abhor abominate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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