See also: exécration
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɛksɪˈkɹeɪʃən/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɛksəˈkɹeɪʃən/
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
- Hyphenation: ex‧e‧cra‧tion
- An act or instance of cursing; a curse dictated by violent feelings of hatred; an imprecation; an expression of utter detestation.
1749, Henry Fielding, chapter VIII, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume V, London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, over-against Catharine-street in the Strand, OCLC 928184292, book XIII, page 72:
- He inveighed againſt the Folly of making oneſelf liable for the Debts of others; vented many bitter Execrations againſt the Brother; and concluded with wiſhing ſomething could be done for the unfortunate Family.
1835 July, [Thomas Babington Macaulay], “Art. I.—History of the Revolution in England in 1688. Comprising a view of the Reign of James the Second, from his Accession, to the Enterprise of the Prince of Orange, by the late Right Honourable Sir James Mackintosh; and completed to the Settlement of the Crown, by the Editor. To which is prefixed, a Notice of the Life, Writings, and Speeches of Sir James Mackintosh. 4to. London: 1834”, in The Edinburgh Review, or Critical Journal, volume LXI, number CXXIV, Edinburgh: Printed by Ballantyne and Company, for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, London; and Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh, OCLC 889539246, page 294:
- When some of those brave and honest though misguided men who had sate in judgment on their King were dragged on hurdles to a death of prolonged torture, their last prayers were interrupted by the hisses and execrations of thousands.
- 1946 April 11, Albert Camus; Stuart Gilbert, transl., part 2, chapter V, in The Stranger, New York, N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf, OCLC 343192; reprinted New York, N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf, June 1967 (12th printing), OCLC 1990040, page 154:
- For all to be accomplished, for me to feel less lonely, all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration.
- That which is execrated; a detested thing.
1611, The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New. Newly Translated out of the Originall Tongues: & with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Reuised, by His Maiesties Speciall Comandement. Appointed to be Read in Churches (King James Version), London: Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, printer to the Kings Most Excellent Maiestie, OCLC 964384981, Jeremiah 42:18:
- For thus ſaith the Lord of hoſts the God of Israel, As mine anger and my furie hath beene powred foorth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ſo ſhall my furie bee powred foorth upon you, when yee shall enter into Egypt: and ye ſhall be an execration, and an aſtoniſhment, and a curſe, and a reproch; and ye ſhall ſee this place no more.
act or instance of cursing