abominable

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English abhomynable, 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). Formerly erroneously folk-etymologized as deriving from Latin ab- + homo and therefore spelled abhominable, abhominal; see those entries for more.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈbɑm.ə.nə.bl̩/, /əˈbɑm.nə.bl̩/
  • (General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ɘˈbɔm.ɘ.nɘ.bɯ/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

abominable (comparative more abominable, superlative most abominable)

  1. 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][1]
  2. (obsolete) Excessive, large (used as an intensifier).
  3. Very bad or inferior.
  4. Disagreeable or unpleasant. [First attested in the late 19th century.][1]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Nouns to which "abominable" is often applied: man, woman, crime, act, deed, sin, vice, character, place, mystery, treatment, church, bride, snowman.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Norwegian Bokmål: abominabel

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002) , “abominable”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 6

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin abōminābilis.

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abominable (masculine and feminine plural abominables)

  1. abominable

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin abōminābilis (abominable, detestable).

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Adjective[edit]

abominable (plural abominables)

  1. Absolutely loathsome; abominable.
  2. Exceedingly bad or ugly; abominable.

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Galician[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin abōminābilis.

Adjective[edit]

abominable m or f (plural abominables)

  1. abominable

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Middle English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

abominable

  1. Alternative form of abhomynable

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /abɔmɪˈnɑːblə/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɑːblə
  • Hyphenation: a‧bo‧mi‧na‧ble

Adjective[edit]

abominable

  1. definite singular of abominabel
  2. plural of abominabel

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin abōminābilis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /abomiˈnable/, [a.β̞o.miˈna.β̞le]

Adjective[edit]

abominable (plural abominables)

  1. abominable

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