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execrate

[ek-si-kreyt] /ˈɛk sɪˌkreɪt/
verb (used with object), execrated, execrating.
1.
to detest utterly; abhor; abominate.
2.
to curse; imprecate evil upon; damn; denounce:
He execrated all who opposed him.
verb (used without object), execrated, execrating.
3.
to utter curses.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin ex(s)ecrātus (past participle of ex(s)ecrārī to curse), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + secr- (combining form of sacrāre to consecrate; see sacrament) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
execrator, noun
unexecrated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for execrate

execrate

/ˈɛksɪˌkreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to loathe; detest; abhor
2.
(transitive) to profess great abhorrence for; denounce; deplore
3.
to curse (a person or thing); damn
Derived Forms
execration, noun
execrative, execratory, adjective
execratively, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exsecrārī to curse, from ex-1 + -secrārī from sacersacred
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Word Origin and History for execrate
v.

1560s, from Latin execratus/exsecratus, past participle of execrari/exsecrari "to curse, utter a curse; hate, abhor," from ex- (see ex-) + sacrare "to devote to" (see sacred). Hence, "to devote off or away; to curse." Related: Execrated; execrating.

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