execrate


execrate
execrate, curse, damn, anathematize, objurgate are comparable when meaning to denounce violently and indignantly.
Execrate implies intense loathing or hatred and, usually, a fury of passion
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they execrate . . . their lot— Cowper

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execrated the men who were responsible for their misery

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It often suggests acts as well as words which give an outlet to these emotions
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for a little while he was execrated in Rome; his statues were overthrown, and his name was blotted from the records— Buchan

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Curse in reference to earlier custom may imply an invocation to the Supreme Being to visit deserved punishment upon a person or to afflict him for his sins
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he that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it— Prov 11:26

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In more general use curse and damn (see also SENTENCE) do not markedly differ in meaning. Both usually imply angry denunciation by blasphemous oaths or profane imprecations
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I heard my brother damn the coachman, and curse the maids— Defoe

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Anathematize implies solemn denunciation (as of an evil, a heresy, or an injustice). It is used chiefly in reference to the impassioned denunciations of preachers or moralists
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anathematize the violation of a treaty

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anathematize graft in politics

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a quasi idealism which has been anathematized by the empirical foundations and purposes of realistic philosophy— Nemetz

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Objurgate implies a vehement decrial or criticism
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objurgated the custom of garnishing poems with archaisms— T. R. Weiss

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and often suggests the use of harsh or violent language in the expression of one's views so that it may approach curse or damn in some of its uses
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command all to do their duty. Command, but not objurgateTaylor

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violently had he objurgated that wretch of a groom— Vaughan

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Analogous words: denounce, condemn, reprobate, censure, reprehend (see CRITICIZE): revile, berate, rate (see SCOLD)
Contrasted words: *commend, applaud, compliment, recommend: *praise, laud, extol, acclaim, eulogize

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  • Execrate — Ex e*crate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Execrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Execrating}.] [L. execratus, exsecratus, p. p. of execrare, exsecrare, to execrate; ex out + sacer holy, sacred. See {Sacred}.] To denounce evil against, or to imprecate evil upon; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • execrate — index blame, castigate, censure, condemn (blame), contemn, denounce (condemn), proscribe ( …   Law dictionary

  • execrate — 1560s, from L. execratus/exsecratus, pp. of execrari/exsecrari to curse, utter a curse; hate, abhor, from ex (see EX (Cf. ex )) + sacrare to devote to (see SACRED (Cf. sacred)). Hence, to devote off or away; to curse. Related: Execrated …   Etymology dictionary

  • execrate — [v] hate abhor, abominate, accurse, anathematize, censure, condemn, curse, damn, denounce, deplore, despise, detest, excoriate, imprecate, loathe, objurgate, reprehend, reprobate, reprove, revile, vilify; concept 29 Ant. like, love …   New thesaurus

  • execrate — ► VERB 1) feel or express great loathing for. 2) archaic curse; swear. DERIVATIVES execration noun. ORIGIN Latin exsecrari curse …   English terms dictionary

  • execrate — [ek′si krāt΄] vt. execrated, execrating [< L execratus, pp. of execrare, to curse < ex , out + sacrare, to consecrate < sacer, SACRED] 1. to call down evil upon; curse 2. to speak abusively or contemptuously of; denounce scathingly 3. to …   English World dictionary

  • execrate — transitive verb ( crated; crating) Etymology: Latin exsecratus, past participle of exsecrari to put under a curse, from ex + sacr , sacer sacred Date: 1531 1. to declare to be evil or detestable ; denounce 2. to detest utterly • execrative… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • execrate — execrator, n. /ek si krayt /, v., execrated, execrating. v.t. 1. to detest utterly; abhor; abominate. 2. to curse; imprecate evil upon; damn; denounce: He execrated all who opposed him. v.i. 3. to utter curses. [1555 65; < L ex(s)ecratus (ptp. of …   Universalium

  • execrate — verb a) To feel loathing for; abhor. b) To declare to be hateful or abhorrent; denounce …   Wiktionary

  • execrate — Synonyms and related words: abhor, abominate, abuse, accurse, anathematize, ban, bark at, berate, betongue, blacken, blaspheme, blast, censure, condemn, confound, curse, curse and swear, cuss, damn, darn, denounce, detest, dysphemize,… …   Moby Thesaurus


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