Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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