[ ek-si-kreyt ]
/ ˈɛk sɪˌkreɪt /

verb (used with object), ex·e·crat·ed, ex·e·crat·ing.

to detest utterly; abhor; abominate.
to curse; imprecate evil upon; damn; denounce: He execrated all who opposed him.

verb (used without object), ex·e·crat·ed, ex·e·crat·ing.

to utter curses.

Nearby words

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

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 formsex·e·cra·tor, nounun·ex·e·crat·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for execrate


/ (ˈɛksɪˌkreɪt) /


(tr) to loathe; detest; abhor
(tr) to profess great abhorrence for; denounce; deplore
to curse (a person or thing); damn
Derived Formsexecration, nounexecrative or execratory, adjectiveexecratively, adverb

Word Origin for execrate

C16: from Latin exsecrārī to curse, from ex- 1 + -secrārī from sacer sacred

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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.

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