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[ek-si-kreyt] /ˈɛk sɪˌkreɪt/
verb (used with object), execrated, execrating.
to detest utterly; abhor; abominate.
to curse; imprecate evil upon; damn; denounce:
He execrated all who opposed him.
verb (used without object), execrated, execrating.
to utter curses.
Origin of execrate
1555-65; < Latin ex(s)ecrātus (past participle of ex(s)ecrārī to curse), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + secr- (combining form of sacrāre to consecrate; see sacrament) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
execrator, noun
unexecrated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for execrate
Historical Examples
  • We but smile at the one, we would learn to execrate the other.

  • I execrate the enslavement of the mind of our young children by the ecclesiastics.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • And yet, have I a right to execrate the thrall of the beaker?

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • You are not the only one who will execrate the destiny that brought us here.

    Arachne, Complete Georg Ebers
  • He longed to execrate aloud, to bring his fist down on something violently.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • But the day will, come when they will execrate Pierce before Benedict Arnold, sir.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • The mob gathered to execrate the "hair-buyer general" and escort him to jail.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
  • They pity him, they pray for him; me they would only loathe and execrate.

    The Spanish Brothers Deborah Alcock
  • I pity the man, I execrate and hate the man who has only to boast that he is white.

  • With every drop of my blood I hate and execrate every form of tyranny, every form of slavery.

    The Ghosts Robert G. Ingersoll
British Dictionary definitions for execrate


(transitive) to loathe; detest; abhor
(transitive) to profess great abhorrence for; denounce; deplore
to curse (a person or thing); damn
Derived Forms
execration, noun
execrative, execratory, adjective
execratively, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exsecrārī to curse, from ex-1 + -secrārī from sacersacred
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Word Origin and History for execrate

1560s, from Latin execratus/exsecratus, past participle of execrari/exsecrari "to curse, utter a curse; hate, abhor," from ex- (see ex-) + sacrare "to devote to" (see sacred). Hence, "to devote off or away; to curse." Related: Execrated; execrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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