Definition of abominable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈbɒmɪnəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbɑːmɪnəbl//
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extremely unpleasant and causing disgust synonym appalling, disgusting The judge described the attack as an abominable crime. We were served the most abominable coffee. I think you are utterly selfish and your behaviour has been abominable. See related entries: Disgust Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin abominabilis, from abominari, from ab- ‘away, from’ + omen, omin- ‘omen’. 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 cent.
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