abominable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj abominable exceptionally bad or displeasing "atrocious taste","abominable workmanship","an awful voice","dreadful manners","a painful performance","terrible handwriting","an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"
    • adj abominable unequivocally detestable "abominable treatment of prisoners","detestable vices","execrable crimes","consequences odious to those you govern"- Edmund Burke"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abominable Excessive; large; -- used as an intensive.
    • Abominable Worthy of, or causing, abhorrence, as a thing of evil omen; odious in the utmost degree; very hateful; detestable; loathsome; execrable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abominable Deserving or liable to be abominated; detestable; loathsome; odious to the mind; offensive to the senses. In colloquial language especially, abominable often means little more than excessive, extreme, very disagreeable: as, his self-conceit is abominable.
    • abominable Synonyms Execrable, Horrible, etc. (see nefarious), detestable, loathsome, hateful, shocking, horrid, revolting, intolerable. See list under detestable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Abominable hateful: detestable, an old spelling is Abhom′inable, to agree with a fancied etymology in Lat. ab homine
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Quotations

  • Edmond and Jules De Goncourt
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    “There have been many definitions of beauty in art. What is it? Beauty is what the untrained eyes consider abominable.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “They are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.”
  • Eric Hoffer
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    “A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.”
  • Andre Gide
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    “The abominable effort to take one's sins with one to paradise.”
  • Aldous Huxley
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    “Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. abominable,. L. abominalis,. See Abominate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abomināri, -ātus, to turn from as of bad omen. See Omen.

Usage

In literature:

They had glass, too, and used glass, these Romans, yet persevered in keeping their wine in those abominable jars.
"The Actress in High Life" by Sue Petigru Bowen
It is, therefore, with no common pride that I second this abomination.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
In his writings he not only defends the abominations of Hakem, but lays down the complete code of Druze doctrine and duty.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
The husband of the quaint creature had invented the pills, even as Monsieur Charretier had invented his abomination.
"The Motor Maid" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
And the whole of this idle, abominable life?
"The Awakening" by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
The very lid of the old abominable close-stool is enough to breed a pestilence.
"Notes on Nursing" by Florence Nightingale
Then, by degrees his reason grew clearer like muddy water, and the abominable revelation began to work in his heart.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume II (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
It seemed an abominable episode, a piece of bad faith on the part of fate.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
She treated Harwich abominably.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
The colouring of Scale is thought by some to be peculiarly abominable.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
This belief in the power of St. Anthony is simply abominable and belongs to the dark ages of heathendom.
"Thirty Years In Hell" by Bernard Fresenborg
Some folkses back doors are a abomination when their front doors are full of ornament.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
Now home tuition and the "culture of the indiwidool" was a personal hobby of Mr. Tappan, and promiscuous schools his abomination.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
It bids man recognise that he is vile, even abominable, and bids him desire to be like God.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
But the higher you stand when you tumble, the greater the fall; so the better a thing is in itself, the more abominable is its abuse.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
If I lighted a lantern the tent would become alive with abominable insects.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
Then comes a sudden cloud, and from that time onward the Diary is bitter, brutal, and baldly descriptive of life's abominations.
"The Chequers" by James Runciman
Popular government is in itself, therefore, less iniquitous, less abominable than despotic power.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
Young Bathurst looked so abominably hangdog.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Talking of Lady Ashton, how abominably she behaves to you.
"Isabel Leicester" by Clotilda Jennings
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In poetry:


Y was a Youth, who kicked
And screamed and cried like mad;
Papa he said, 'Your conduct is
Abominably bad!'
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
Then were it proper
To execute at once upon the Jew
The penal laws in such a case provided
By papal and imperial right, against
So foul a crime--such dire abomination.
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Everybody so dear, and yourself so ultra-beloved
That you have to run out at last and eat filth,
Gobble up filth, you horror, swallow utter abomination and
fresh-dropped dung.
"Bibbles" by D H Lawrence
What mean those marks upon thee, girl?
Those prints of brutal osculation?
Great grief! that lowlife and that churl!
That Telephus abomination!
Can him, O votary of Venus,
Else everything is off between us.
"Jealousy" by Franklin Pierce Adams
'Tis a shame to human nature, such a head of hair as his;
In the good old time 'twas hanging for the color that it is;
Though hanging isn't bad enough and flaying would be fair
For the nameless and abominable color of his hair.
"XVIII: Oh Who Is That Young Sinner with the Handcuffs on his Wrists" by A E Housman
The merciless sun had found the slot now
To hide in, and lit for the wick of that stone lamp-bowl a sky
almost, I thought, abominably beautiful;
While our lost artist we used to admire: for now I knew him:
spoke of his passion.
"An Artist" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

Religious figures denounce pop diva's Jakarta concert as an abomination.
Ninkasi's Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt, Hopworks' Abominable Winter Ale , Rouge's Yellow Snow IPA, and Elyisan's Bifrost Winter Ale .
Abominable Winter Ale Purchased at Whole Foods (South Lake Union).
New Age for Abominable Snowmen.
And a terrible Bloody Mary is an abomination: Too much or too little of any one of the half-dozen or so ingredients that go into the drink can muck it up.
The center of the pie seems normal enough, but its "crust" is made up of parmesan-encrusted bread cones that are stuffed with either cream cheese or honey mustard chicken, like a ring of the world's most abominable cannoli.
Researchers Solve Darwin 's 'Abominable Mystery.
Let's resurrect an old NewsCut category for this story out of the Europe today: Art or abomination.
I've enjoyed my share of prefab frostings , and these abominations don't deserve a place on the same grocery store shelf.
But amid the miniature Snoopys and Jack Skellingtons comes this $12.95 abomination.
"That bombing was an abomination," said Imam Mohamed Al-Darsani.
What a way to sum up this as-seen-on-TV abomination — which couldn't come up with a less obvious name for its opening track than "It's On".
Legendary as the "Abominable Showman," notorious producer David Merrick re-conquers Broadway in 1980 with a smash adaptation of the movie musical 42nd Street.
The "P" word title is too close to Precious, the abomination that set-back the recent cultural progress.
One the other hand, the abominable snowman in the foreground was painful on the eyes.
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In science:

The work of Lemaˆıtre, like the one of his predecessor Friedmann, was still not appreciated by Einstein who found it “abominable” [1, 2].
Models of universe with a polytropic equation of state: I. The early universe
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