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EtymologyEdit

From Latin exsecrārī, execrārī, from ex (out) + sacrāre (to consecrate, declare accursed).

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execrate (third-person singular simple present execrates, present participle execrating, simple past and past participle execrated)

  1. (transitive) To feel loathing for; abhor.
    • 1932, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Nicodemus, "Prodigal Son":
      And were I not a thing for you and me
      To execrate in angish, you would be
      As indigent a stranger to suprise,
      I fear, as I was once, and as unwise.
  2. (transitive) To declare to be hateful or abhorrent; denounce.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To invoke a curse; to curse or swear.
    • 1914, James Joyce, Dubliniers, "Counterparts":
      He longed to execrate aloud, to bring his fist down on something violently.

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ParticipleEdit

exēcrāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of exēcrātus