Definition of abominable in English:

abominable

Pronunciation /əˈbäm(ə)nəb(ə)l/ /əˈbɑm(ə)nəb(ə)l/

adjective

  • 1Causing moral revulsion.

    ‘the uprising was suppressed with abominable cruelty’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since emancipation, countless people have written about the cruelties of slavery but does anyone actually know how this abominable procedure started?’
    • ‘If the point of the infamous anti-gay group that inflicted itself on New Mexico the other day was to gain media attention with outlandish prejudice, vile slogans and abominable signs - it succeeded.’
    • ‘The couple nodded in agreement with her, and I became aware that I had somehow stumbled across a house of covert dissidents who I'd always been told were the most abominable and despicable of all people.’
    • ‘This was a horrifying and abominable thing to do.’
    • ‘By mid afternoon the whole world was converging on America as the horrifying and abominable events unfolded.’
    • ‘IT is an abominable, insidious, and wholly unnecessary piece of legislation that ought never to have been conceived, far less passed by both Houses of Parliament and put into the statute books of this country.’
    • ‘Members of the SWC jury said, while commenting on one case, that infanticide is an abominable crime and those who commit it cannot be exonerated, whatever the extenuating circumstances.’
    • ‘The effect of this abominable behaviour by the killers is that the locals have abandoned activities like agriculture and other economic ventures for fear of being butchered.’
    • ‘So even right here in the city you can find the most abominable poverty living almost cheek by jowl with these extraordinary lavish wasteful expenditures.’
    • ‘And that, fundamentally is what was so abominable about apartheid.’
    • ‘Here's someone who fought for one of the most abominable causes of all time, yet has acted with rationality, courage, and honour.’
    • ‘Has that country gone back to the Stone Age to allow such abominable behaviour?’
    • ‘As he read the novel, its nihilism and careless insensitivity to Nazi anti-Semitism were shocking, even abominable.’
    loathsome, detestable, hateful, odious, obnoxious, despicable, contemptible, damnable, cursed, accursed, diabolical
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    1. 1.1Very bad or unpleasant.
      ‘a cup of abominable tea’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Wilfred could barely stand to see Jane's sparkling eyes and timid laughter wasted on that wretched English hag and her abominable beverages.’
      • ‘Apart from the abominable aspect of having dog excrement on the streets etc., there is also a serious public health issue to be addressed by the dog owners, the County Council and the Health Service Executive.’
      • ‘I am not surprised by such abominable news items anymore.’
      • ‘SUV's are the abominable symbol of all that is wrong in the world today.’
      • ‘Since they said some abominable things about me in the course of all this and I knew that they weren't true.’
      • ‘Inside, the noise level really wasn't any worse than at the Bronze, though the music selection was abominable.’
      • ‘The presence of grapes in a salad is abominable, but sauces made from fermented grape juice are essential.’
      substandard, poor, inferior, second-rate, second-class, unsatisfactory, inadequate, unacceptable, not up to scratch, not up to par, deficient, imperfect, defective, faulty, shoddy, amateurish, careless, negligent
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation

abominable

/əˈbäm(ə)nəb(ə)l/ /əˈbɑm(ə)nəb(ə)l/