Definition of execrate in English:



  • 1 Feel or express great loathing for.

    ‘they were execrated as dangerous and corrupt’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just because he remained so steadfast in an execrated cause, entry into the acceptance world seems to have acquired all the more value.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those who disagreed with his theories were execrated and removed from their posts, sometimes with the help of the NKVD.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those who murdered tourists in Egypt were widely execrated and not just because they threatened to ruin the tourist industry.’
    • ‘I found that I didn't much miss Ireland as such, and in fact in many ways I execrated it.’
    • ‘Her immigration policy is supported by most Australians, execrated though it be by our politically correct ABC.’
    • ‘There, Alexander is to be execrated because he conquered foreign peoples and overthrew an ancient empire.’
    revile, denounce, decry, condemn, vilify
    detest, loathe, hate, abhor, abominate, despise, regard with disgust, feel disgust for, feel aversion to, feel revulsion to
    excoriate, anathematize, vilipend
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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).