The usage seems straightforward in such cases as:


↑ the performance is so good that the bad character appears almost 「憎々しい」.

But sometimes I feel kind of uncertain of its nuance as in:


↑ How can the reflection be so to the point that it feels even 「憎々しい」?


↑ How can the weather be so good that it is almost 「憎々しい」?


↑ You like the meat so much that it turns 「憎々しい」?

To wrap it up, can 「憎々しいまでの」 be used as a generic emphasizer even when there are actually no real 「憎々しい」 feelings involved? That is, similar to the Mandarin phrase 「要死」.


憎々しい in a dictionary:


So let's jump to 憎らしい:


So "vexingly excellent" (or practically, astonishingly excellent) is the meaning. 憎い and its derivatives including 憎らしい, 憎たらしい and 小憎い all share this definition. Your example #2 is explained in this way.

But for your #3:


He's complaining about the scorching-hot sun, so he probably literally "hates" it.

And your #4:


reads にくにくしいまでのにく. Yeah, it's a pun. This is a slang also written as 肉肉しい to describe a meal contains a lot of juicy meat, or "meatful".






Although this critic wants to appeal his own value as a critic by pointing out the drawbacks of this work, this work is so precise as not to be impatient, that is, it is hateful because he can not find any fault at all. Therefore it seems that he expressed as 「憎々しい hatred」. However, I think that this critic praises this work very favorably.

I don't say/hear/write much in Japanese as 「憎々しいまでの晴天だ」. Although the expression 「憎々しいまでの肉」 is interesting as a play on words or a pun, I'll never say that. Although the expression 「憎々しいまでおいしい肉」 may be allowed to be expressed at the same degree as 「憎々しいまでの晴天だ。」, it is not possible to express the delicious taste of the meat with such expression as 「憎々しい」. I would use another adjective instead.

As for the latter two senteces, I said the adjective 「憎々しい」don't match them. I think that the adjective 「憎々しい」has nuance of a cracking joke relating to the things of human, therefor it does not match expressing natural things such as climate or food. 

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