execrate

execrate

[ek-si-kreyt]
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:
1555–65; < 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

execrator, noun
unexecrated, adjective
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execrate (ˈɛksɪˌkreɪt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to loathe; detest; abhor
2.  (tr) to profess great abhorrence for; denounce; deplore
3.  to curse (a person or thing); damn
 
[C16: from Latin exsecrārī to curse, from ex-1 + -secrārī from sacersacred]
 
exe'cration
 
n
 
'execrative
 
adj
 
'execratory
 
adj
 
'execratively
 
adv

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execrate
1560s, from L. execrat-, pp. stem of execrari "to curse," from ex- + sacrare "to devote to" (see sacred). Hence, "to devote off or away; to curse." Related: Execrated; execrating.
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