Definitions

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

  • n. The act of cursing.
  • n. A curse.
  • n. Something that is cursed or loathed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act or instance of cursing; a curse dictated by violent feelings of hatred; an imprecation; an expression of utter detestation.
  • n. That which is execrated; a detested thing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of cursing; a curse dictated by violent feelings of hatred; imprecation; utter detestation expressed.
  • n. That which is execrated; a detested thing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of cursing; imprecation of evil; malediction; utter detestation expressed.
  • n. The object execrated; a thing held in abomination.
  • n. Synonyms Curse, Imprecation, etc. See malediction.

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

  • n. hate coupled with disgust
  • n. an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
  • n. the object of cursing or detestation; that which is execrated

Etymologies

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From Latin exsecratus, which is composed of ex and sacer "sacred".

Examples

  • Cheerfulness is the mainspring of discipline, and the desire to reward merit while crime is held in execration, ought ever to be the delight of the officer.

    The Autobiography of Liuetenant-General Sir Harry Smith, Baronet of Aliwal on the Sutlej, G. C. B.

  • One source is the so-called execration texts—curse inscriptions, written on pottery fragments on statuettes of prisoners of war that were meant to be broken and buried ceremonially to bring misfortune upon the enemies of Egypt.

    The Bible Unearthed

  • Well, he had stood on his tub and done his shouting right well; and now he had a goodly following and was the object of not a little execration, which is a usual thing for tub-shouters, and does not matter very much.

    The Rhodesian

  • - A couple of weeks ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs published "Thoughts on Flash," a 1,671-word execration of Adobe's Flash platform.

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • Regular rituals of execration denounce the infidel and the Evil One.

    The Men Who Made England

  • But he has become, according to the prejudices of our era, "racist, imperialist, a man of violence and spreader of venereal disease" and thus "the object of almost universal execration in all societies that have lived through colonialism."

    Man On a Quest

  • You could also go on the offensive by inscribing a curse on a statuette of someone you wished to harm, or on an “execration bowl”; either would then be ritually smashed, thereby releasing the power of your curse and, in effect, letting it loose.3 A similar, ancient form of cursing called in Greek “making a katadesmos” or, in Latin, a defixio has been widely evidenced in excavations all over the Greco-Roman world.

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • It was as the ass and the lap-dog; yet surely the gentle ass, whose intentions were affectionate, although his manners were rude, deserved better treatment than blows and execration.

    Chapter 12

  • A black-haired, black-eyed man with the roguish face of a satyr, who, Saxon learned, was an artist who sold his paintings at five hundred apiece, brought on himself universal execration and acclamation by singing:

    CHAPTER VIII

  • Whoever, by setting the example, contributes to the introduction of so destructive a practice, declares himself the enemy of mankind, and deserves the execration of allages.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Opinio Juris Discussions of Targeting of US Citizen

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