Ditto to systeme's response. In many programs the difference between earning the MA and reaching ABD status isn't a whole lot -- at least on paper, right? It means you've had your dissertation proposal approved (I suppose this might depend on your field). Simply listing the MA from your previous institution without further comment sounds perfectly fine. I'm curious that you are worried that there is some risk of seeming obnoxious in noting this information.
Ah, yes, in my field advancing to ABD status isn't easy and typically takes at least 2-3 years. The masters at my university is completely separate from the PhD (as are the exams/requirements). It's annoying because exams are not noted on transcripts at all, and let me put it this way, you need both hands to tally up the number of X-hour exams I had to pass to become ABD. That's in addition to the separate masters requirements. Outrageously bloated, yes?
Still, there are skills that I have been forced to demonstrate through these exams that can't always be taken for granted. For example, I witnessed a job talk delivered by a Cambridge PhD; when some very
simple questions were asked about the subject matter, the person did not know the answers (I wish I could be more specific, but I think that's all I can safely say). But that's probably true for many fields - every school has its unprepared candidates. I will say this: out of a pool of other truly great candidates who knew their stuff, this was the dolt my university attempted to hire. It's ancient history now, though.
I was worried about noting ABD status only because I had read several online rants about people putting this on their CVs and how it was obnoxious. I don't want to be "that person" but at the same time when I'm on the market, I don't want people to think I couldn't hack the requirements in NA so went to Europe to do a diss-only PhD, you know? (Apparently that's a Thing for people who can afford it.) Hopefully search committees won't dismiss my CV so flippantly but one never knows. It's going to look weird either way, I suspect.
Thanks for all the advice - I appreciate it, and welcome any other perspectives.