Adjective "abominable" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Causing moral revulsion.
  1. 'Of course, in reality-that is, in the universe beyond the boundaries of our conceptual vocabularies-homosexuality is no more abominable than lobsters or flying squirrels.'
  2. 'By mid afternoon the whole world was converging on America as the horrifying and abominable events unfolded.'
  3. 'The couple nodded in agreement with her, and I became aware that I had somehow stumbled across a house of covert dissidents who I'd always been told were the most abominable and despicable of all people.'
  4. 'Has that country gone back to the Stone Age to allow such abominable behaviour?'
  5. 'If the point of the infamous anti-gay group that inflicted itself on New Mexico the other day was to gain media attention with outlandish prejudice, vile slogans and abominable signs - it succeeded.'
  6. 'This was a horrifying and abominable thing to do.'
  7. 'Since emancipation, countless people have written about the cruelties of slavery but does anyone actually know how this abominable procedure started?'
  8. 'Even in the rooting out of something as abominable as pedophilia, the play shows, other moral truths can be lost.'
  9. 'For years now I have been against capital punishment, arguing that killing someone either illegally or legally was the most abominable and most repugnant of crimes.'
  10. 'And that, fundamentally is what was so abominable about apartheid.'
  11. 'what an abominable mess!'
  12. 'The presence of grapes in a salad is abominable, but sauces made from fermented grape juice are essential.'
  13. 'Wilfred could barely stand to see Jane's sparkling eyes and timid laughter wasted on that wretched English hag and her abominable beverages.'
  14. 'But that's all gone now and traffic is abominable.'
  15. 'The credit for the most abominable use or misuse of plastic carry bags goes to the political parties and their feeder organisations, for whom the flimsy bags are handy and cheap decorative material.'
  16. '‘What happened after the game was simply abominable,’ said a member of the supervisory council of Levski, Todor Batkov.'
  17. 'Since they said some abominable things about me in the course of all this and I knew that they weren't true.'
  18. 'Who could have constructed this abominable website?'
  19. 'Karen Kohlhaas's direction plays wholeheartedly into the leaden preciosity of the text and manages to make an already dreadful play even more abominable.'
  20. 'I am not surprised by such abominable news items anymore.'
  21. 'These songs demonstrate the fine line the saxophone walks from raw emotion to abominable cheesiness.'
  22. 'The restaurant also specializes in fresh pasta, which I can heartily recommend as a welcome relief after the abominable over-boiled supermarket pasta that most restaurants here serve.'
  23. 'Inside, the noise level really wasn't any worse than at the Bronze, though the music selection was abominable.'


1. repugnantly hateful; detestable; loathsome: an abominable crime.

2. very unpleasant; disagreeable: The weather was abominable last week.

3. very bad, poor, or inferior: They have abominable taste in clothes.

More examples(as adjective)

"behaviours can be abominable."

"situations can be abominable."

"practices can be abominable."

"crimes can be abominable."

"weapons can be abominable."

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Middle English: via Old French from Latin abominabilis, from abominari (see abominate). The term was once widely believed to be from ab- ‘away from’ + Latin homine (from homo ‘human being’), thus ‘inhuman, beastly’, and frequently spelled abhominable until the 17th century.