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[ek-si-kruh-buh l] /ˈɛk sɪ krə bəl/

utterly detestable; abominable; abhorrent.
very bad:
an execrable stage performance.
deserving to be execrated; abhorrent
of very poor quality: an execrable meal

late 14c., from Old French execrable, from Latin execrabilis/exsecrabilis “execrable, accursed,” from execrari/exsecrari (see execrate). Related: Execrably.


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