Saturday, April 16, 2011

execration

execration [ˌɛksɪˈkreɪʃən] n.

1.) The act of cursing; a curse dictated by violent feelings of hatred; imprecation; utter detestation expressed.
2.) That which is execrated; a detested thing (GNU Collaborative International Dictionary of English).

Etymology: Latin execrari, execrat- : ex-, ex- + sacrare, to consecrate (from sacer, sacred).

"But what is the fury of those dumb beasts compared with the fury of execration which bursts from the parched lips and aching throats of the damned in hell when they behold in their companions in misery those who aided and abetted them in sin, those whose words sowed the first seeds of evil thinking and evil living in their minds, those whose immodest suggestions led them on to sin, those whose eyes tempted and allured them from the path of virtue" (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce, 1914).

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Today's word for the builders next door who decided to start drilling at 8 o'clock on a Saturday morning.

10 comments:

amBored said...

that 1.) sounds really impressive and dark :o

Danny Murphy said...

Cheers mate, thats quite useful, I'll need to remember to use it

C Mo Gunz said...

another great word!

Team Panda said...

do they mean cuss words, or an actual curse lol, i execrate you!!

Biff Tanner said...

LOL that's a great word.

Necroticism said...

Nice! I'll will execrate everyday to my neighbours.

MuteMath Fan (& news junkie too!) said...

Aw man, I slept in this morning, it was awesome.

thenitefalls said...

The execration I wish I can say to my boss :D

Endless said...

keep em coming!

IMaYDream said...

cool!
Regards from Finland.
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