Definition of abominable in English:


Syllabification: a·bom·i·na·ble
Pronunciation: /əˈbäm(ə)nəb(ə)l


1Causing moral revulsion: the uprising was suppressed with abominable cruelty
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  • Lalla, in his opening remarks, told Wellington the prosecution had to be ‘the most vile and most abominable abuse of the prosecutorial process in the country.’
  • And there are certain crimes still that are so heinous, so wretched, and so abominable that, yes, they do cry out for vengeance, and they do cry out for the death penalty.
  • For years now I have been against capital punishment, arguing that killing someone either illegally or legally was the most abominable and most repugnant of crimes.
loathsome, detestable, hateful, odious, obnoxious, despicable, contemptible, damnable, diabolical;
disgusting, revolting, repellent, repulsive, offensive, repugnant, abhorrent, reprehensible, atrocious, horrifying, execrable, foul, vile, wretched, base, horrible, awful, dreadful, appalling, nauseating;
informal terrible, shocking, godawful
dated cursed, accursed
1.1Very bad or unpleasant: a cup of abominable tea
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  • And we may venture the guess that Gibbon was disliked perhaps for his liking for that abominable stuff called snuff instead of tea.
  • His abominable muscularity, his loathsome, fluid motion, somehow made me sick.
  • The restaurant also specializes in fresh pasta, which I can heartily recommend as a welcome relief after the abominable over-boiled supermarket pasta that most restaurants here serve.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin abominabilis, from abominari (see abominate). The term was once widely believed to be from ab- 'away from' + Latin homine (from homo 'human being'), thus 'inhuman, beastly', and frequently spelled abhominable until the 17th century.



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  • She said: ‘We have a rail station at Malton that fails abominably.’
  • He said: ‘It was a very regrettable and something for which he wishes to apologise to the court and to the security staff who were treated abominably by him.’
  • The press has behaved so abominably towards Michael.

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