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execration

[ek-si-krey-shuh n] /ˌɛk sɪˈkreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of execrating.
2.
a curse or imprecation:
The execrations of the prophet terrified the sinful multitude.
3.
the object execrated; a thing held in abomination.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English execracioun < Latin ex(s)ecrātiōn- (stem of ex(s)ecrātiō). See execrate, -ion
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  • There are clearly certain things that cannot be said without the speaker bringing down waterfalls of execration.
  • No great painter suffered as much from excesses of adulation and execration.
  • They will consign the name of their author to the execration of posterity.
Word Origin and History for execration
n.

late 14c., from Latin execrationem (nominative execratio), noun of action from past participle stem of execrari "to hate, curse," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + sacrare "to devote to holiness or to destruction, consecrate," from sacer "sacred" (see sacred).

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