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[ek-si-kruh-buh l] /ˈɛk sɪ krə bəl/
utterly detestable; abominable; abhorrent.
very bad:
an execrable stage performance.
1350-1400 for earlier sense “expressing a curse”; 1480-90 for def 1; Middle English < Latin ex(s)ecrābilis accursed, detestable. See execrate, -able
Related forms
execrableness, noun
execrably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for execrable
  • It is the quintessence of all that is vile, execrable and abhorrent.
  • His students are lazy bumpkins with execrable taste in music.
  • The forward thrust in events will, with time, sweep away the execrable aims of the evil.
  • He speaks execrable verse to her to prove his sincerity.
  • The plane was ancient and the food was beyond execrable.
  • They're highly variable, and the experiences range from ecstasy to execrable.
  • They won admission not because of their performance, which is execrable, but simply because they employ a lot of people.
  • The audience is shown a bullying boss who constantly repeats himself, a painfully insecure secretary, and execrable coffee.
  • Both sides endorse the execrable drug war, which has done more to destroy civil liberties than any post-9/11 moves.
  • People with learning disabilities are often execrable spellers, even if they have conquered other difficulties.
British Dictionary definitions for execrable


deserving to be execrated; abhorrent
of very poor quality: an execrable meal
Derived Forms
execrableness, noun
execrably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin exsecrābilis, from exsecrārī to execrate
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Word Origin and History for execrable

late 14c., from Old French execrable, from Latin execrabilis/exsecrabilis "execrable, accursed," from execrari/exsecrari (see execrate). Related: Execrably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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