execrable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj execrable deserving a curse "her damnable pride"
    • adj execrable unequivocally detestable "abominable treatment of prisoners","detestable vices","execrable crimes","consequences odious to those you govern"- Edmund Burke"
    • adj execrable of very poor quality or condition "deplorable housing conditions in the inner city","woeful treatment of the accused","woeful errors of judgment"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • execrable Deserving to be execrated or cursed; very hateful; abhorred; abominable: as, an execrable wretch.
    • execrable Very bad; intolerable: as, an execrable pun.
    • execrable Piteous; lamentable; cruel.
    • execrable Synonyms Flagitious, Villainous, etc. (see nefarious), cursed, accursed, detestable; odious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Execrable deserving execration: detestable: accursed
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exsecrāri, -ātus, to curse—ex, from, sacer, sacred.

Usage

In literature:

He, Seguin, while showing all politeness to his guests, seemed that day to be in an execrable temper.
"Fruitfulness Fecondite" by Emile Zola
There was not much account made of singing, for the lyric version of the Psalms was execrable.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI" by John Lord
Such a mode of proceeding can never be sufficiently execrated.
"Four Early Pamphlets" by William Godwin
Some of their customs are commendable, and others execrable.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. I" by Robert Kerr
If she had not been executed, she would have been execrated.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
He then shows the kind of power which has supported this execrable trade.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
They execrate the lawless violence of the army.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
Padre Irene naturally agreed with Don Custodio and execrated French operetta.
"The Reign of Greed" by Jose Rizal
I prefer to show you the reality, however execrable it may be.
"Doctor Pascal" by Emile Zola
The execrated One Big Union idea was gaining members and power every day.
"The Centralia Conspiracy" by Ralph Chaplin
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In poetry:

But if I urge this plaintive prayer in vain,
Bid execrations on that name attend;
And him, my Laura, view with cold disdain,
Who sees unmoved the sorrows of thy friend.
"Love Elegy, to Laura" by Amelia Opie
Time was when I waited, waited
For the missives that she wrote,
Humble postmen execrated -
Loudly, deeply execrated -
When I heard I wasn't fated
To be gladdened with a note!
"Tempora Mutantur" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A Golgotha, upon whose carrion clay
Justice of myriad men still in the womb
Shall heave two crosses; crucify and flay
Two memories accurs'd; then in the tomb
Of world-wide execration give them room.
"Verdun" by Eden Phillpotts
BILL choked back a warm expletive - for my smile was most engaging -
And, upon my invitation, sat beside me on the bed.
And, omitting decorations - fancy oaths and execrations -
That his woeful story garnished, I shall tell you what he said.
"The Woes of Bill" by C J Dennis

In news:

And it's all because of you – you, the execrable voters.
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