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[ek-si-kruh-buh l] /ˈɛk sɪ krə bəl/
utterly detestable; abominable; abhorrent.
very bad:
an execrable stage performance.
Origin of execrable
1350-1400 for earlier sense “expressing a curse”; 1480-90 for def 1; Middle English < Latin ex(s)ecrābilis accursed, detestable. See execrate, -able
Related forms
execrableness, noun
execrably, adverb Unabridged
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  • And he's likely to talk the most execrable slang, or to quote Browning.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Ah, I would willingly have killed that execrable Smith, for he was poisoning my life.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Not a word of it seemed to be true, and the style in which it was written was execrable.

    Monday or Tuesday Virginia Woolf
  • Why should not they admit that little picture, although he himself thought it execrable?

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • The host of the little inn had not exaggerated—the road was execrable.

  • But the dinner was execrable, and all the feast was for the eyes.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • It is execrable stuff—the milk of sirens mingled with sea-water.

  • "Just time if we put on some speed; but the roads are execrable," he vouchsafed.

British Dictionary definitions for execrable


deserving to be execrated; abhorrent
of very poor quality: an execrable meal
Derived Forms
execrableness, noun
execrably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin exsecrābilis, from exsecrārī to execrate
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Word Origin and History for execrable

late 14c., from Old French execrable, from Latin execrabilis/exsecrabilis "execrable, accursed," from execrari/exsecrari (see execrate). Related: Execrably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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