execration




The noun execration means an angry denouncement or curse. A protester’s furious execration of the police might end up getting her arrested.

Use the word execration when you talk about something that’s yelled or muttered angrily. When you declare, “May the god Apollo strike you down for saying that!” it’s an execration. The person at whom you hurl the execration can also be called an execration, or an object of condemnation. The root word is execrari, which means “to hate or curse” in Latin.

Definitions of execration
  1. noun

    hate coupled with disgust

    synonyms:
    abhorrence, abomination, detestation, loathing, odium
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    type of:

    disgust

    strong feelings of dislike
    hate, hatred

    the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action

  2. noun

    an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group

    synonyms:
    condemnation, curse
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    types:

    anathema

    a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication
    imprecation, malediction

    the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
    type of:

    denouncement, denunciation

    a public act of denouncing

  3. noun

    the object of cursing or detestation; that which is execrated

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    object

    the focus of cognitions or feelings

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