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First attested in the 1300s, a variant of abominable, possibly influenced by Latin ab + homine (man).[1] The unnecessary addition of h to words was once common; compare abholish (abolish). Abandoned by the 1600s.[2]. Compare also abhomination.


abhominable (comparative more abhominable, superlative most abhominable)

  1. Obsolete form of abominable.
    • 1597, Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, act 5, scene I:
      This is abhominable, which he [Don Armado] would call abominable.


  1. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ↑ISBN), page 3
  2. ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], ↑ISBN), page 4