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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Abhominabil, a. Also: abhomynabill, -able, abhominabile, -abill, -abyll, -able, abhomenabil; abominabill, -able. [ME. abhomyn-, abhominable (14th c.), OF. abhom-, abominable, L. abōminābilis. The false spelling with h is also the usual one down to the 17th c. in English.] Abominable, detestable.c1420 Wynt. v. 636 (thare fay abhomynabill he had alway). 1456 Hay II. 142/6 (abhomynable governaunce of thair stomak). a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 308 (to all louers abhominabill). a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 526 (bugrist abhominable). 1533 Gau 3/19 (foul and abhominabil sinnis). 1562-3 Winȝet II. 60/14 (abominable and filthy errouris). 1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 72 (the abhominabill messe). 1596 Dalr. I. 107/17 (abhominable offences). 1640 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 167 (that abhominable superstitioun).

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"Abhominabil adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 Jan 2023 <>



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