Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To declare to be hateful or abhorrent; denounce.
  • transitive verb To feel loathing for; abhor.
  • transitive verb Archaic To invoke a curse on.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To curse; imprecate evil upon; hence, to detest utterly; abhor; abominate.
  • To declare to be accursed; denounce as deserving to be cursed or abominated.
  • Synonyms See comparison under malediction.

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

  • transitive verb To denounce evil against, or to imprecate evil upon; to curse; to protest against as unholy or detestable; hence, to detest utterly; to abhor; to abominate.

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

  • verb To feel loathing for; abhor.
  • verb To declare to be hateful or abhorrent; denounce.
  • verb archaic To invoke a curse.

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

  • verb find repugnant
  • verb curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment

Etymologies

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

[Latin execrārī, execrāt- : ex-, ex- + sacrāre, to consecrate (from sacer, sacred; see sak- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin exsecrārī, execrārī, from ex ("out") + sacrāre ("to consecrate, declare accursed").

Examples

  • And we especially condemn and in God's name execrate those who not only omit both forms but also quite autocratically [tyrannically] prohibit, condemn, and blaspheme them as heresy, and so exalt themselves against and above Christ, our Lord and God

    The Smalcald Articles

  • Once the danger passes, forgotten of God and execrate the police. on March 24, 2009 at 2: 44 pm | Reply jerym

    Tony McNulty ’second home’ shock! « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • She's lived down to a lot of the smears that I used to execrate Republicans for using on her.

    Schneider: Obama makes gains with women

  • These are the people who execrate the man, who despise him with every cell of their being, whose rage at his very name roars like napalm.

    Bradley Burston: Ritual Terrorism: Hating Obama as a New Form of Religion

  • Some admire it, like de Maistre; others execrate it, like Beccaria.

    Les Miserables

  • Oceania is not allowed to know anything of the tenets of the other two philosophies, but he is taught to execrate them as barbarous outrages upon morality and common sense.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • I am a bankrupt both in fortune and in heart, and can only pray you will hasten to forget – that you may forbear to execrate me! '

    Camilla

  • Oceania is not allowed to know anything of the tenets of the other two philosophies, but he is taught to execrate them as barbarous outrages upon morality and common sense.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • There is, in the synagogue, in the mosque, in the pagoda, in the wigwam, a hideous side which we execrate, and a sublime side, which we adore.

    Les Miserables

  • I abhor psalm-singers, I hate priors, I execrate heretics, but I should detest yet more any one who should maintain the contrary.

    Les Miserables

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