Definition of execrate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛksɪkreɪt/


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.
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.



Pronunciation: /ɛˈksɪkreɪʃ(ə)n/
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈɛksɪkrətɪv/


Example sentences
  • They can only use some weak execratory words or phrases, such as "Oh dear", "Oh, God!", "God bless me!", or "Good God!".
  • We had a fellow, on the one hand, with a temperament given to bullying execratory outbursts, who had demonstrated neither an interest in nor knowledge of our Constitution.
  • Common cursing achieves its desired result in part by breaking that taboo whereas execratory cursing conveys its force through its literal propositions.


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

  • priest from Old English:

    The Greek presbuteros ‘elder’ was used in the New Testament for ‘elder of the church, priest’ and became presbyter in Latin, which passed into Old English as preost, modern ‘priest’. Presbyter is also the source of presbytery (Late Middle English) and Presbyterian (mid 17th century). The usual Latin word for priest was sacerdos from sacer ‘holy’, which is the source of many words including sacrament (Middle English), sacred (Late Middle English), sacrifice (Middle English), and the opposite execrate (mid 16th century) ‘to curse’. The related sacrilege comes from Latin sacrilegus ‘stealer of holy things’. See also saint

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