execration

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n execration the object of cursing or detestation; that which is execrated
    • n execration an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
    • n execration hate coupled with disgust
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Execration That which is execrated; a detested thing. "Ye shall be an execration and . . . a curse."
    • Execration The act of cursing; a curse dictated by violent feelings of hatred; imprecation; utter detestation expressed. "Cease, gentle, queen, these execrations ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n execration The act of cursing; imprecation of evil; malediction; utter detestation expressed.
    • n execration The object execrated; a thing held in abomination.
    • n execration Synonyms Curse, Imprecation, etc. See malediction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Execration act of execrating: a curse pronounced: that which is execrated
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. execratio, exsecratio,: cf. F. exécration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exsecrāri, -ātus, to curse—ex, from, sacer, sacred.

Usage

In literature:

They pursued the soldiers with execrations, accompanied by volleys of stones.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Vol. 1., Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
They pursued the soldiers with execrations, accompanied by volleys of stones.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
All Rome execrated the Empress, and her son feared and hated her.
"History of Rome from the Earliest times down to 476 AD" by Robert F. Pennell
Boduoc at once broke out in a torrent of execrations against the Romans.
"Beric the Briton" by G. A. Henty
My apartment was execrably dark.
"Prisoner for Blasphemy" by G. W. [George William] Foote
My daughter, thank Heaven, left no pledge of an execrable union.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The absolute necessity of playing out her execrable part with all suitable and consistent hypocrisy, braced her into iron.
"Lucretia, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The Italians burst into an amazed and indignant volley of execrations.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The men we adore one day we execrate the next.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
But it was destined to a second interruption, which brought an execration from Lord March's lips.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
She played fluently and execrably on the piano.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole
On the one hand, it was an execrable crime to cut off at once both her second husband and her son.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
And if thou canst think tolerably of such execrable stuff, I will send thee another.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
The curse of God and the execration of men upon those whose deeds and plots have caused such woes!
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume III. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Lord M. too helped to lengthen it, by the like execrations.
"Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady, Volume 8" by Samuel Richardson
He sat down, and execrated his ill luck.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
Friday morning was one to live in our memories, it brought the execrable hooters again.
"The Siege of Kimberley" by T. Phelan
Their deaths were spectacular, and have covered with execrations their dreadful executioners.
"The Glory of English Prose" by Stephen Coleridge
The architect who planned it should receive the execration of all posterity.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
Communipaw she pronounced execrable.
"Romance of California Life" by John Habberton
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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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