Definition of execrable in English:



  • Extremely bad or unpleasant.

    ‘execrable cheap wine’
    • ‘He was also a mountaineer, though not a great one; a non-fiction writer, though not of the first rank; and an execrable poet and failed novelist.’
    • ‘It's a pity then that he or she had chosen to leave copies of a zine lying around which in one they had written some truly execrable poetry.’
    • ‘If he indeed were guilty of such an execrable transgression, this newspaper would be among the first to condemn, and not defend, him and his broadcaster.’
    • ‘I think the solution is to do what we did with that movie when its execrable sequels were released - forget that they were ever made and pretend that it had remained a stand alone movie all along.’
    • ‘Yet to borrow their reasoning and make an equivalent suggestion that Liverpool's fans in turn had some role in their own catastrophe, somehow makes a person execrable and lynchworthy.’
    • ‘We determined over time that the brilliant had been selected for our flight school based on their superior skills, while the execrable had been selected based on their superior connections.’
    • ‘The other day I wrote to the diary drawing ethics, journalism, perks and the execrable two men together with a quick mention of One Nation.’
    • ‘The vast majority of music is execrable in quality.’
    • ‘And the execrable theme-song has been revamped from its elevator-metal original version to a new Love Boat stylee quasi-orchestral rendition.’
    • ‘Part of the problem was the set design - like those execrable movies, they seemed to think that Funky Urban Futurism can be established by an excess of neon.’
    • ‘This is a good thing, obviously, but it is hard to defend the capriciousness of the process in the hands of the execrable Senator.’
    • ‘Needless to say, one critic called the show ‘the most disgusting and execrable series ever to ooze its way onto television.’’
    • ‘He notes that the popularity rating of the execrable Chancellor hovers at about 23 percent.’
    • ‘For some time now, I've been concerned with the execrable quality of political discourse in this country.’
    • ‘Depending on your predilection, you can say that's a good thing or bad thing, but, for the likes of me, the modern world is often execrable.’
    • ‘They often misunderstand their market and occasionally reject good or even great works but literary agents and editors do prevent a vast quantity of execrable writing from being published.’
    • ‘This week alone I've come across four sensationally good bottles which show up the execrable wines for what they are.’
    • ‘Subramanyan's composition reminds us that the human species is the only one that commits execrable crimes against its own, in the name of causes and ideals.’
    • ‘A gloriously sweet and rich melange of fruit and chocolate, this would have made me come back even if the rest had been absolutely execrable.’
    • ‘Finally, what kind of science is being practised that produces such execrable unnatural phenomena as the ‘terminator gene’?’
    appalling, awful, dreadful, terrible, frightful, atrocious, very bad, lamentable
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘expressing or involving a curse’): via Old French from Latin execrabilis, from exsecrari ‘to curse’ (see execrate).