execrable, damnable, accursed, cursed mean so odious as to deserve cursing or condemning. In actual use they vary little if any in force and only slightly in implications, although usage to a certain extent limits their applications.
Execrable is applied chiefly to what is bad beyond description

execrable poetry


an execrable performance of Hamlet


the concurrent possession of great wealth and execrable taste—Wylie

Damnable and accursed are applied most often either to persons, their acts, and their vices or to things that excite righteous indignation and strong condemnation

unless that man in there is to be given a chance of expiation in another life, then capital punishment is a damnable horror— Mackenzie


accursed tower! accursed fatal hand that hath contrived this woeful tragedy!— Shak.

Cursed varies in dignity, sometimes being applied to what merely excites profanity and sometimes to what is intrinsically worthy of imprecation

merciful powers, restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature gives way to in repose!— Shak.

Analogous words: *outrageous, atrocious, heinous, monstrous: *base, low, vile: loathsome, revolting, repulsive, *offensive, repugnant

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.


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  • exécrable — [ ɛgzekrabl; ɛksekrabl ] adj. • 1355; lat. execrabilis → exécrer 1 ♦ Littér. Qu on doit exécrer, avoir en horreur. ⇒ abominable, détestable, odieux, répugnant. Fouquier Tinville « devint de plus en plus exécré et exécrable » (Michelet). 2 ♦ Cour …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • execrable — EXECRABLE. adj. de tout genre. Detestable, dont on doit avoir horreur. Crime execrable. parricide execrable. c est un homme execrable. Il se dit fig. Par exaggeration des choses extremement mauvaises. Que dites vous de ce livre, de ce poëme? il… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Execrable — Ex e*cra*ble, a. [L. execrabilis, exsecrabilis: cf. F. ex[ e]crable. See {Execrate}.] Deserving to be execrated; accursed; damnable; detestable; abominable; as, an execrable wretch. Execrable pride. Hooker. {Ex e*cra*ble*ness}, n. {Ex e*cra*bly} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • execrable — late 14c., from O.Fr. execrable, from L. execrabilis/exsecrabilis execrable, accursed, from execrari/exsecrari (see EXECRATE (Cf. execrate)). Related: Execrably …   Etymology dictionary

  • execrable — adjetivo 1. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Que merece ser condenado o aborrecido: El execrable crimen fue cometido por dos desaprensivos. Sinónimo: abominable …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • execrable — index arrant (onerous), bad (offensive), blameful, blameworthy, contemptible, contemptuous, depra …   Law dictionary

  • execrable — [adj] horrible, sickening abhorrent, abominable, accursed, atrocious, confounded, cursed, damnable, defective, deplorable, despicable, detestable, disgusting, foul, hateful, heinous, horrific, loathsome, low, monstrous, nauseous, obnoxious,… …   New thesaurus

  • execrable — et detestable, Sacer, Execrabilis, Deuotus …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • execrable — (Del lat. exsecrabĭlis). adj. Digno de execración …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • execrable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ extremely bad or unpleasant. DERIVATIVES execrably adverb. ORIGIN Latin execrabilis, from exsecrari curse …   English terms dictionary

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