Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unequivocally detestable; loathsome: abominable treatment of prisoners.
  • adj. Thoroughly unpleasant or disagreeable: abominable weather.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Excessive; large; -- used as an intensive.
  • adj. Very bad or inferior.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Worthy of, or causing, abhorrence, as a thing of evil omen; odious in the utmost degree; very hateful; detestable; loathsome; execrable.
  • adj. Excessive; large; -- used as an intensive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Deserving or liable to be abominated; detestable; loathsome; odious to the mind; offensive to the senses.
  • Synonyms Execrable, Horrible, etc. (see nefarious), detestable, loathsome, hateful, shocking, horrid, revolting, intolerable. See list under detestable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. exceptionally bad or displeasing
  • adj. unequivocally detestable

Etymologies

Middle English abhominable, from Old French, from Latin abōminābilis, from abōminārī, to abhor; see abominate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But when poverty forced his family to move to a grim Paris suburb, he awoke suddenly to what he called the abominable treatment meted out to all the potential "myselves" who had been conditioned to become subcitizens good only to keep working to pay for the retirements of the "real" French when the French age pyramid gets thin at the base.

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  • Pope visits memorial to Nazi victims in Rome Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday prayed at the memorial to victims of a 1944 massacre that was one of the worst atrocities by German occupiers in Italy during World War II and denounced what he called the "abominable" legacy of violence unleashed during war.

    The Seattle Times

  • Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday prayed at the memorial to victims of a 1944 massacre that was one of the worst atrocities by German occupiers in Italy during World War II and denounced what he called the "abominable" legacy of violence unleashed during war.

    The Seattle Times

  • His offenses against the Peronistas up to that time had apparently consisted of little more than adding his signature to pro-democratic petitions, but shortly after his resignation he addressed the Argentine Society of Letters saying, in his characteristic style, “Dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact that they foster idiocy.”

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  • Israel literally went beyond the heathen in abominable idolatries.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The word abominable has appeared in 3 Times articles over the past year, including in an April 29, 2009 music review of The Grateful Dead titled

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  • To conclude, this sole vice, in my opinion, spoiled in him the most rich and beautiful nature that ever was, and has rendered his name abominable to all good men, in that he would erect his glory upon the ruins of his country and the subversion of the greatest and most flourishing republic the world shall ever see.

    The Essays of Montaigne — Complete

  • * The "Saw" movies none of which I've seen, but I understand some of the premises are based on the notion of abominable choice sets: do the helpless victims cut-out one of their eyes to retrieve a key to unlock the nail-traps that will impale their skulls within 60 seconds - or instead accept their gory death?

    What is Real Freedom?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Denying it generates so-called abominable conjunctions.

    Epistemology

  • The ANC condemns in the strongest possible terms the abominable killing of our fellow Africans by people who do not attach any value to human life.

    ANC STATEMENT ON THE KILLING OF FOREIGNERS

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  • "Unwell in his abominable regions. "
    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 27, 2007