execrate

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verb ex·e·crate \ˈek-sə-ˌkrāt\

Definition of execrate

execrated

execrating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to declare to be evil or detestable :  denounce

  3. 2 :  to detest utterly

execrative

play \-ˌkrā-tiv\ adjective

execrator

play \-ˌkrā-tər\ noun

Examples of execrate in a sentence

  1. She came to execrate the hypocritical values of her upper-class upbringing.

  2. <leaders from around the world execrated the terrorists responsible for the bomb blast>

Did You Know?

To Latinists, there's nothing cryptic about the origins of execrate-the word derives from exsecratus, the past participle of the Latin verb exsecrari, meaning "to put under a curse." Exsecrari was itself created by combining the prefix ex- ("not") and the word sacer ("sacred"). Sacer is also an ancestor of such English words as sacerdotal ("relating to priests"), sacral ("holy or sacred"), sacrifice, sacrilege, and of course sacred itself. There's also execration, which, true to its exsecrari roots, means "the act of cursing" or "the curse so uttered."

Origin and Etymology of execrate

Latin exsecratus, past participle of exsecrari to put under a curse, from ex + sacr-, sacer sacred


First Known Use: 1531


EXECRATE Defined for English Language Learners

execrate

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verb ex·e·crate \ˈek-sə-ˌkrāt\

Definition of execrate for English Language Learners

  • : to dislike and criticize (someone or something) very strongly


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