[ek-si-kruh-buh l]


utterly detestable; abominable; abhorrent.
very bad: an execrable stage performance.

Nearby words

  1. excyclophoria,
  2. excystation,
  3. exeat,
  4. exec,
  5. exec.,
  6. execrate,
  7. execration,
  8. execrative,
  9. execratory,
  10. executable

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 formsex·e·cra·ble·ness, nounex·e·cra·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for execrable



deserving to be execrated; abhorrent
of very poor qualityan execrable meal
Derived Formsexecrableness, nounexecrably, adverb

Word Origin for execrable

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.

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