Execrate Ex"e*crate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Execrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Execrating}.] [L. execratus, exsecratus, p. p. of execrare, exsecrare, to execrate; ex out + sacer holy, sacred. See {Sacred}.] 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. ``They . . . execrate their lct.'' --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

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  • execrate — execrate, curse, damn, anathematize, objurgate are comparable when meaning to denounce violently and indignantly. Execrate implies intense loathing or hatred and, usually, a fury of passion {they execrate . . . their lot Cowper} {execrated the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • execrate — index blame, castigate, censure, condemn (blame), contemn, denounce (condemn), proscribe ( …   Law dictionary

  • execrate — 1560s, from L. execratus/exsecratus, pp. of execrari/exsecrari to curse, utter a curse; hate, abhor, from ex (see EX (Cf. ex )) + sacrare to devote to (see SACRED (Cf. sacred)). Hence, to devote off or away; to curse. Related: Execrated …   Etymology dictionary

  • execrate — [v] hate abhor, abominate, accurse, anathematize, censure, condemn, curse, damn, denounce, deplore, despise, detest, excoriate, imprecate, loathe, objurgate, reprehend, reprobate, reprove, revile, vilify; concept 29 Ant. like, love …   New thesaurus

  • execrate — ► VERB 1) feel or express great loathing for. 2) archaic curse; swear. DERIVATIVES execration noun. ORIGIN Latin exsecrari curse …   English terms dictionary

  • execrate — [ek′si krāt΄] vt. execrated, execrating [< L execratus, pp. of execrare, to curse < ex , out + sacrare, to consecrate < sacer, SACRED] 1. to call down evil upon; curse 2. to speak abusively or contemptuously of; denounce scathingly 3. to …   English World dictionary

  • execrate — transitive verb ( crated; crating) Etymology: Latin exsecratus, past participle of exsecrari to put under a curse, from ex + sacr , sacer sacred Date: 1531 1. to declare to be evil or detestable ; denounce 2. to detest utterly • execrative… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • execrate — execrator, n. /ek si krayt /, v., execrated, execrating. v.t. 1. to detest utterly; abhor; abominate. 2. to curse; imprecate evil upon; damn; denounce: He execrated all who opposed him. v.i. 3. to utter curses. [1555 65; < L ex(s)ecratus (ptp. of …   Universalium

  • execrate — verb a) To feel loathing for; abhor. b) To declare to be hateful or abhorrent; denounce …   Wiktionary

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