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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bom-uh-nuh-buh l]
    • /əˈbɒm ə nə bəl/
    • /əˈbɒm.ɪ.nə.bl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bom-uh-nuh-buh l]
    • /əˈbɒm ə nə bəl/

Definitions of abominable word

  • adjective abominable Something that is abominable is very unpleasant or bad. 3
  • adjective abominable offensive; loathsome; detestable 3
  • adjective abominable very bad, unpleasant, or inferior 3
  • adjective abominable nasty and disgusting; vile; loathsome 3
  • adjective abominable highly unpleasant; disagreeable; very bad 3
  • adjective abominable repugnantly hateful; detestable; loathsome: an abominable crime. 1

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Origin of abominable

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
1325-75; Middle English < Latin abōminābilis, equivalent to abōminā(rī) to pray to avert an eventuality, despise as a bad omen, abhor (see ab-, omen) + -bilis -ble

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Parts of speech for Abominable


abominable popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for abominable

adj abominable

  • abhorrent — If something is abhorrent to you, you hate it very much or consider it completely unacceptable.
  • wretched — very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable.
  • terrible — distressing; severe: a terrible winter.
  • atrocious — If you describe something as atrocious, you are emphasizing that its quality is very bad.
  • horrid — such as to cause horror; shockingly dreadful; abominable.

adjective abominable

  • detestable — If you say that someone or something is detestable, you mean you dislike them very much.
  • monstrous — frightful or hideous, especially in appearance; extremely ugly.
  • horrendous — shockingly dreadful; horrible: a horrendous crime.
  • dreadful — causing great dread, fear, or terror; terrible: a dreadful storm.
  • revulsive — tending to alter the distribution of blood by revulsion.

adverb abominable

  • brutish — If you describe a person or their behaviour as brutish, you think that they are brutal and uncivilised.
  • ferine — feral1 .
  • swinish — like or befitting swine; hoggish.

Antonyms for abominable

adj abominable

  • wonderful — excellent; great; marvelous: We all had a wonderful weekend.
  • kind — of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
  • attractive — A person who is attractive is pleasant to look at.
  • desirous — If you are desirous of doing something or desirous of something, you want to do it very much or want it very much.
  • pleasant — pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.

adjective abominable

  • honourable — (British spelling) Alternative form of honorable.

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