Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

Etymologies

Latin execrārī, execrāt- : ex-, ex- + sacrāre, to consecrate (from sacer, sacred; see sak- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exsecrārī, execrārī, from ex ("out") + sacrāre ("to consecrate, declare accursed"). (Wiktionary)

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Globally, the times are returning when, when hysterical crowds burn American flags or effigies of George Bush, it is not Bush they have in mind, nor the policies of the State Department, but an "internal America" the phrase is from another French fascist of the 1930s, Robert Brasillach where everything the fanatical haters of the West execrate with the utmost virulence is concentrated.

    Bernard-Henri Lévy says why Barack Obama will be President.

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