ex·​e·​crate | \ ˈek-sə-ˌkrāt How to pronounce execrate (audio) \
execrated; execrating

Definition of execrate

transitive verb

1 : to declare to be evil or detestable : denounce
2 : to detest utterly

Other Words from execrate

execrative \ ˈek-​sə-​ˌkrā-​tiv How to pronounce execrate (audio) \ adjective
execrator \ ˈek-​sə-​ˌkrā-​tər How to pronounce execrate (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Many Democrats striving to replace Donald Trump are, while execrating him, paying him the sincerest form of flattery: imitation. George Will, National Review, 7 July 2019 Many Democrats striving to replace Donald Trump are, while execrating him, paying him the sincerest form of flattery: imitation. George Will, Twin Cities, 7 July 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/execrate. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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