execrate

verb
ex·e·crate | \ˈek-sə-ˌkrāt \
execrated; execrating

Definition of execrate 

transitive verb

1 : to declare to be evil or detestable : denounce

2 : to detest utterly

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Other Words from execrate

execrative \ˈek-sə-ˌkrā-tiv \ adjective
execrator \ˈek-sə-ˌkrā-tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for execrate

Synonyms

censure, condemn, damn, decry, denounce, reprehend, reprobate

Antonyms

bless

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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."

Examples of execrate in a Sentence

She came to execrate the hypocritical values of her upper-class upbringing. leaders from around the world execrated the terrorists responsible for the bomb blast

First Known Use of execrate

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for execrate

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

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execrate

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English Language Learners Definition of execrate

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

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