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execration

[ek-si-krey-shuh n] /ˌɛk sɪˈkreɪ ʃən/
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.
Origin of execration
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English execracioun < Latin ex(s)ecrātiōn- (stem of ex(s)ecrātiō). See execrate, -ion
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Examples from the Web for execration
Historical Examples
  • In his own dominions the voice of execration has been raised against him.

  • 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
  • Everyone was curious to see them, and howls of execration greeted them as they passed.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • His name is now rarely mentioned, except with contempt or execration.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • It was a raucous howl of execration, a bellow of rage, inarticulate, deafening.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • A perfect yell of scorn and execration followed this announcement.

    Eric, or Little by Little Frederic W. Farrar
  • Whatever he had intended to say was drowned by another howl of execration.

    A Dog with a Bad Name Talbot Baines Reed
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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