ex·​e·​cra·​tion ˌek-sə-ˈkrā-shən How to pronounce execration (audio)
: the act of cursing or denouncing
also : the curse so uttered
: an object of curses : something detested

Examples of execration in a Sentence

upon discovering that someone had stolen his golf bag, he let loose a volley of execrations a cowardly betrayal that earned him the execration of all who had remained loyal to the cause
Recent Examples on the Web The Democrats’ howls of execration are perfectly understandable. Mario Loyola, National Review, 22 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of execration was in the 14th century

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“Execration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/execration. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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