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
    see moresee less
    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
    see moresee less
    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
    see moresee less
    type of:
    object
    the focus of cognitions or feelings
Word Family