All vote to leave that execrable shore, Polluted with the blood of Polydore; But, ere we sail, his fun’ral rites prepare, Then, to his ghost, a tomb and altars rear.
When execrable Troy in ashes lay, Thro’ fires and swords and seas they forc’d their way.
What words can paint those execrable times, The subjects’ suff’rings, and the tyrant’s crimes!
With fury she possess’d the Dardan dames, To burn their fleet with execrable flames, And forc’d Aeneas, when his ships were lost, To leave his foll’wers on a foreign coast.
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This may sound ludicrous, and even execrable under the circumstances, but I was youthful and naive enough that I possessed much more of a kind of hard focusing than any circumspection, which one may argue has remained with me for my whole life.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
My early years, darkened by the shadows and regional superstitions of a bona fide cracker boy, act as a sobering agent during the execrable periods of self-righteousness that I inflict on those around me.