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- (obsolete) abhominable
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”).
- 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]
- But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. — Revelation 21:8 (KJV)
- (obsolete) Excessive, large (used as an intensifier).
- Very bad or inferior.
- Disagreeable or unpleasant. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
- Nouns to which "abominable" is often applied: man, woman, crime, act, deed, sin, vice, character, place, mystery, treatment, church.
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- Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 6
- abominable in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- abominable in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- abominable at OneLook Dictionary Search
- Rhymes: -aβle
abominable m, f (masculine and feminine plural abominables)
abominable (masculine and feminine, plural abominables)
- Most terms of the second category also have literal meanings closer to that of the first, but are now less common in these uses, as well as marking actions that are not as markedly odious.
- (loathsome): odieux, méprisable, ignoble, sacrilège (religious), impie (religious)
- (exceedingly bad or ugly): laid, détestable, exécrable, horrible
- “abominable” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
abominable m, f (plural abominables)