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execrate

Line breaks: exe|crate
Pronunciation: /ˈɛksɪkreɪt
 
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Definition of execrate in English:

verb

1 [with object] Feel or express great loathing for: they were execrated as dangerous and corrupt
More example sentences
  • George is certainly mocked, but he is not execrated as a vile foreigner and un-British despot, as he had been by satirists and cartoonists in the 1760s and 1770s, when he was widely despised.
  • Those who murdered tourists in Egypt were widely execrated and not just because they threatened to ruin the tourist industry.
  • There, Alexander is to be execrated because he conquered foreign peoples and overthrew an ancient empire.
Synonyms
revile, denounce, decry, condemn, vilify;
detest, loathe, hate, abhor, abominate, despise, regard with disgust, feel disgust for, feel aversion/revulsion to
rare excoriate, anathematize, vilipend
2 [no object] archaic Curse; swear.
Example sentences
  • She execrated, her expression wild and vengeful.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin exsecrat- 'cursed', from the verb exsecrari, based on sacrare 'dedicate' (from sacer 'sacred').

Derivatives

execration

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈkreɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • Almost irrespective of what she does with them, the advantages that have been won from the green-field territories of 200 years ago make America an object of envy but also execration.
  • It received a near universal execration in every newspaper.
  • Thus religious and political extremism are laid symbolically side by side for our execration.

execrative

2
adjective

execratory

3
adjective
Example sentences
  • The new society soon forgot the meaning of the execratory oath that the members were obliged to take at their initiation.
  • An execratory oath is that by which a man, in order to obtain faith in what he says, calls down some evil upon himself or others belonging to him.
  • Common cursing achieves its desired result in part by breaking that taboo whereas execratory cursing conveys its force through its literal propositions.

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