If something's execrable it's really and truly, unbelievably, absolutely the worst.

Execrable is often used as a harshly critical term in the arts, when a reviewer really wants to throw the book at something. Not surprisingly, the word comes from a Latin word meaning "to utter a curse; to hate or abhor." Tough words for bad art. Perhaps part of the power and nastiness of execrable lies in the word's similarity to excrement — but that's a vocabulary word we're not touching in this entry!

Definitions of execrable
  1. adjective
    unequivocally detestable
    execrable crimes”
    synonyms: abominable, detestable, odious
    evoking or deserving hatred
  2. adjective
    of very poor quality or condition
    synonyms: deplorable, miserable, woeful, wretched
    of low or inferior quality
  3. adjective
    deserving a curse
    cursed, curst
    deserving a curse; sometimes used as an intensifier
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