Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Deserving of execration; hateful.
  • adjective Extremely inferior; very bad.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Deserving to be execrated or cursed; very hateful; abhorred; abominable: as, an execrable wretch.
  • Very bad; intolerable: as, an execrable pun.
  • Piteous; lamentable; cruel.
  • Synonyms Flagitious, Villainous, etc. (see nefarious), cursed, accursed, detestable; odious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Deserving to be execrated; accursed; damnable; detestable; abominable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of the poorest quality.
  • adjective Hateful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective deserving a curse
  • adjective of very poor quality or condition
  • adjective unequivocally detestable

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Latin execrābilis, from execrārī, exsecrārī, to execrate; see execrate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin exsecratus.

Examples

  • And while the Dutch superintendent, in execrable Spanish, shouted affirmations of Dutch neutrality into the menacing dark, across the gunwale of Chill II they found the body of the tow-headed youth whose business it had been not to die.

    WHOSE BUSINESS IS TO LIVE

  • The Christian religion depended upon his life; the efforts which he made for its destruction rendered his name execrable to the nations who have embraced it.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • And while the Dutch superintendent, in execrable Spanish, shouted affirmations of Dutch neutrality into the menacing dark, across the gunwale of Chill II they found the body of the tow-headed youth whose business it had been not to die.

    Whose Business Is To Live

  • The title being a neologism, Dassin was obliged to throw in an awkward explanatory scene in which a nightclub singer delivers a song riffing on the concept of "Rififi" ( "execrable" -- Truffaut).

    Jules Dassin's Film Noir Triumph

  • I finally succeeded in relating my history, adventures and escape, and wound up with an appeal to their charity; setting forth my utterly destitute condition, in the most glowing terms my execrable Spanish would permit.

    Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches An Autobiography

  • The individual character of the creator was not without bearing upon the nature of his creatures; good was the necessary outcome of the good gods, evil of the evil ones; and herein lay the explanation of the mingling of things excellent and things execrable, which is found everywhere throughout the world.

    History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)

  • I had a duty to fulfil, much more terrible than yours, and I was obliged to recall our execrable oath in order to renew courage and strength to keep my promise.

    The Cross of Berny

  • I even have to be held back from tipping if the service has been execrable, which is silly.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • For the same amount of money they paid for Bright Shiny Morning, a novel the LA Times called "execrable," Harper Collins could have hired thirty people at an actual living wage, plus health insurance, for a full year, to do literally nothing but sit around and come up with ideas on how to create a more sustainable publishing industry.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • For the same amount of money they paid for Bright Shiny Morning, a novel the LA Times called "execrable," Harper Collins could have hired thirty people at an actual living wage, plus health insurance, for a full year, to do literally nothing but sit around and come up with ideas on how to create a more sustainable publishing industry.

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  • Iscariot was in the least degree deprived of freedom or agency in the course he followed to so execrable an end.

    February 11, 2014