- to detest utterly; abhor; abominate.
- to curse; imprecate evil upon; damn; denounce: He execrated all who opposed him.
- to utter curses.
Origin of execrate
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Examples from the Web for execrate
We but smile at the one, we would learn to execrate the other.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
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
You are not the only one who will execrate the destiny that brought us here.Arachne, Complete
He longed to execrate aloud, to bring his fist down on something violently.Dubliners
- (tr) to loathe; detest; abhor
- (tr) to profess great abhorrence for; denounce; deplore
- to curse (a person or thing); damn
C16: from Latin exsecrārī to curse, from ex- 1 + -secrārī from sacer sacred
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Word Origin and History for execrate
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