execrate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v execrate curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
    • v execrate find repugnant "I loathe that man","She abhors cats"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Execrate To denounce evil against, or to imprecate evil upon; to curse; to protest against as unholy or detestable; hence, to detest utterly; to abhor; to abominate. "They . . . execrate their lct."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • execrate To curse; imprecate evil upon; hence, to detest utterly; abhor; abominate.
    • execrate To declare to be accursed; denounce as deserving to be cursed or abominated.
    • execrate Synonyms See comparison under malediction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Execrate eks′e-krāt to curse: to denounce evil against: to detest utterly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. execratus, exsecratus, p. p. of execrare, exsecrare, to execrate; ex, out + sacer, holy, sacred. See Sacred
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exsecrāri, -ātus, to curse—ex, from, sacer, sacred.

Usage

In literature:

I will execrate my thought if it dwell on you again, and tear out my lips if they ever utter your name!
"Hunger" by Knut Hamsun
By and by I subsided into an indignant silence, and so sat until the end, hot and flushed, and execrating him in my heart for an ignorant savage.
"Roughing It, Part 2." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
In my heart, now, I execrated secret expeditions.
"Roughing It, Part 4." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
But that is execrable heresy.
"Rome From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Many a singer far better than this absurd fop had been driven amid execration and abuse from the platform.
"The Last Galley" by Arthur Conan Doyle
But that is execrable heresy.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
It stood only upon its own execrable foundation of robbery and wrong.
"The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII) The Conflict With Slavery, Politics and Reform, The Inner Life and Criticism" by John Greenleaf Whittier
It stood only upon its own execrable foundation of robbery and wrong.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The people execrate thee.
"Calderon The Courtier A Tale" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Strange, but I was not in the least angry with Corkran, whom I had been execrating.
"It Happened in Egypt" by C. N. Williamson
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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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