• (America) IPA: /əˈbɑm.ə.nə.bl̩/, /əˈbɑm.nə.bl̩/
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /ɘˈbɔm.ɘ.nɘ.bɯ/


  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]
    • — Revelation 21:8 (KJV)
      But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  2. (obsolete) Excessive, large (used as an intensifier).
    • Note: Juliana Berners ... informs us that in her time (15th century), "abomynable syght of monkes" was elegant English for "a large company of friars".
  3. Very bad or inferior.
  4. Disagreeable or unpleasant. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
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