execration

[ek-si-krey-shuhn]
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; Middle English execracioun < Latin ex(s)ecrātiōn- (stem of ex(s)ecrātiō). See execrate, -ion

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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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execration
late 14c., from L. execrationem, noun of action from execrari "to hate, curse," from ex- "out" + sacrare "to devote to holiness or to destruction, consecrate," from sacer "sacred" (see sacred).
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Example sentences
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.
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