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execration

[ek-si-krey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of execrating.
  2. a curse or imprecation: The execrations of the prophet terrified the sinful multitude.
  3. the object execrated; a thing held in abomination.
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Origin of execration

1350–1400; Middle English execracioun < Latin ex(s)ecrātiōn- (stem of ex(s)ecrātiō). See execrate, -ion
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Historical Examples

  • In his own dominions the voice of execration has been raised against him.

    The Historical Nights' Entertainment

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Thy memory will be an execration to the third and fourth generation.

  • Some hereditary instinct admitted that as a just excuse for execration.

  • There were words of reproach, encouragement, unbelief, execration.

  • Tonet did not quaver at the stare of execration his brother gave him.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez


Word Origin and History for execration

n.

late 14c., from Latin execrationem (nominative execratio), noun of action from past participle stem of execrari "to hate, curse," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + sacrare "to devote to holiness or to destruction, consecrate," from sacer "sacred" (see sacred).

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