Definition of execrate in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Feel or express great loathing for.

    ‘they were execrated as dangerous and corrupt’
    • ‘Those who murdered tourists in Egypt were widely execrated and not just because they threatened to ruin the tourist industry.’
    • ‘Clemency to the recently execrated terrorists marked the Convention's response to the Vendémiaire crisis, both in the build-up to the insurrection and in its aftermath.’
    • ‘There, Alexander is to be execrated because he conquered foreign peoples and overthrew an ancient empire.’
    • ‘But it transformed the professor of comparative literature at Columbia into a very public intellectual, adored or execrated with equal intensity by many millions of readers.’
    • ‘The Cure are the personification of the not-quite and the not-yet: not quite execrated but never really respected; not punk veterans but not yet generic Goff.’
    • ‘Her immigration policy is supported by most Australians, execrated though it be by our politically correct ABC.’
    • ‘I found that I didn't much miss Ireland as such, and in fact in many ways I execrated it.’
    • ‘Didn't Trotsky execrate those who claimed to believe there was nothing to choose between democracy and fascism?’
    • ‘George is certainly mocked, but he is not execrated as a vile foreigner and un-British despot, as he had been by satirists and cartoonists in the 1760s and 1770s, when he was widely despised.’
    • ‘That was fortunate for Concord; after March 7, when the great orator endorsed the Fugitive Slave Law, Webster was execrated by many of his one-time worshipers.’
    • ‘Just because he remained so steadfast in an execrated cause, entry into the acceptance world seems to have acquired all the more value.’
    • ‘Unionists would praise the prescience of the men of 1707, Jacobites and nationalists would execrate them, but in itself such a union was probably no more momentous than its architects were moral.’
    • ‘Such memoirs are naturally far removed from the poverty-riven atmosphere and harsh realities say of the recently widely acclaimed, and execrated, Angela's Ashes.’
    • ‘Those who disagreed with his theories were execrated and removed from their posts, sometimes with the help of the NKVD.’
    revile, denounce, decry, condemn, vilify
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    1. 1.1archaic no object Curse; swear.
      • ‘She execrated, her expression wild and vengeful.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin exsecrat- ‘cursed’, from the verb exsecrari, based on sacrare ‘dedicate’ (from sacer ‘sacred’).