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Abominable

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Abo'minable. adj. [abominabilis, Lat.]

  1. Hateful, detestable.

                  Return'd
    Successful beyond hope, to lead thee forth
    Triumphant out of this internal pit
    Abominable, accurs'd, the house of woe.
    M. Par. Lost, b. x.

    It is not to be questioned, but the queen and ministry might easily redress this abominable grievance, by enlarging the number of justices of the peace, by endeavouring to choose men of virtuous principles. Swift's Project for the advancement of Religion.

  2. Unclean.

    The foul that shall touch any unclean thing, as the uncleanness of man, or any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean thing, and eat of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace-offerings, which pertain unto the Lord, even that soul shall be cut off from his people. Leviticus, vii. 21.

  3. In low and ludicrous language, it is a word of loose and indeterminate censure.

    They say you are a melancholy fellow. — I am so; I do love it better than laughing. — Those that are in extremity of either, are abominable fellows, and betray themselves to every modern censure, worse than drunkards. Shakespeare's As you like it.

Sources: Shakespeare's As You Like It (40) · The Bible - Leviticus (13) · Milton, John (449) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Abominable." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 26, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=692.


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