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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
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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.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Peste, I will do nothing of the kind; the moment they come from government you would find them execrable.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Your Minister may perhaps be good as a Minister, but as a general he is not merely bad but execrable, yet to him is entrusted the fate of our whole country….
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • The mere sound of that execrable, ugly name made his blood run cold and his breath come in labored gasps.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But the cooking deteriorated, and became execrable; the wine, which had always been bad, became fearfully bad.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You have such execrable taste, my pet.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • His coats were execrable; his hat not to be handled.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • That upon a quarrel among us, I was set on shore on this coast, where I walked forward, without knowing whither, till he delivered me from the persecution of those execrable Yahoos.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • But when at last, he caught her; when, in spite of all her silken rustlings, and her rapid flutterings past him, he got her into a corner whence there was no escape; then his conduct was the most execrable.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol

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  • Oh, no; it is execrable!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He who can peruse it without a tearful eye, a heaving breast, an afflicted spirit,—without being filled with an unutterable abhorrence of slavery and all its abettors, and animated with a determination to seek the immediate overthrow of that execrable system,—without trembling for the fate of this country in the hands of a righteous God, who is ever on the side of the oppressed, and whose arm is not shortened that it cannot save,—must have a flinty heart, and be qualified to act the…
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The boy’s handwriting was execrable, so that William, who did all things well, got into a fever of impatience.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • I play upon that execrable scoundrel with a fire-engine until the breath is nearly driven out of his body.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • My early poetry was execrable.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Excuse me if my little compliment seems in execrable taste; fortunately my wife doesn’t hear me.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • But she was never that for very long; after a few days the shining, crafty eyes lost their brightness and their duplicity, that picture of an execrable Odette saying to Forcheville: "Look at him storming!" began to grow pale and to dissolve.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • He thanked Jones for offering to undertake the office, and said, "Go, go, prithee, try what canst do;" and then swore many execrable oaths that he would turn her out of doors unless she consented to the match.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The Grève had then that sinister aspect which it preserves to-day from the execrable ideas which it awakens, and from the sombre town hall of Dominique Bocador, which has replaced the Pillared House.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Mrs. Otter hesitated to translate, and Miss Price repeat ed in execrable French.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • She is an artist,—outside of her painting, which obviously is execrable.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Since China has few forests, much of its paper is made from straw or bamboo and is of execrable quality.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Excuse me if my little compliment seems in execrable taste; fortunately my wife doesn’t hear me.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • While these thoughts were passing through my brain, I mechanically took up the execrable puzzle and tried every imaginable way of grouping the letters.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • 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.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • I hold it to be an impious and an execrable maxim that, politically speaking, a people has a right to do whatsoever it pleases, and yet I have asserted that all authority originates in the will of the majority.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Sir Robert Fairlamb was an excellent fellow, a teller of mess-room stories, one who in a heathen day never smoked till the port had gone seven times round; but he was an execrable governor and a worried governor.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • …upon Congress, as they are now constituted; and either the machine, from the intrinsic feebleness of its structure, will moulder into pieces, in spite of our ill-judged efforts to prop it; or, by successive augmentations of its force an energy, as necessity might prompt, we shall finally accumulate, in a single body, all the most important prerogatives of sovereignty, and thus entail upon our posterity one of the most execrable forms of government that human infatuation ever contrived.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • O execrable son! so to aspire Above his brethren; to himself assuming Authority usurped, from God not given: He gave us only over beast, fish, fowl, Dominion absolute; that right we hold By his donation; but man over men He made not lord; such title to himself Reserving, human left from human free.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • He stood at the desk, labouring in his execrable handwriting.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Philip’s knowledge of the language was small, but he knew enough to tell that Cronshaw, although he had lived in Paris for several years, spoke French execrably.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Philip had found nothing wrong with the food at all, and in fact had eaten it in large quantities with appetite and enjoyment, but he did not want to show himself a person of so little discrimination as to think a dinner good which another thought execrable.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The execrable, undisciplined, limp-wristed flatulent products of those reveries already have been described.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • When execrable Troy in ashes lay, Thro’ fires and swords and seas they forc’d their way.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Whether the execrable scheme which he now attempted to execute was the effect of previous deliberation, or whether it now first came into his head, I cannot determine.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • What words can paint those execrable times, The subjects’ suff’rings, and the tyrant’s crimes!
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • They are not doing well; the only people who come are a few trollops and one or two waiters out of a job; they are giving up business, and the food is execrable.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • 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.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • "I am finishing the most execrable morning’s work."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But I only observe that all the countries which formerly adopted that execrable principle are not equally able to abandon it at the present time.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Jones having, by reason of his deviation, travelled eleven miles instead of six, and most of those through very execrable roads, where no expedition could have been made in quest of a midwife, did not arrive at Coventry till near twelve.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • One method, indeed, there is of killing, and that the basest and most execrable of all, which bears an exact analogy to the vice here disclaimed against, and that is poison: a means of revenge so base, and yet so horrible, that it was once wisely distinguished by our laws from all other murders, in the peculiar severity of the punishment.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Ships are sent with the first opportunity; the natives driven out or destroyed; their princes tortured to discover their gold; a free license given to all acts of inhumanity and lust, the earth reeking with the blood of its inhabitants: and this execrable crew of butchers, employed in so pious an expedition, is a modern colony, sent to convert and civilize an idolatrous and barbarous people!
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Th’ undaunted Fiend what this might be admired— Admired, not feared (God and his Son except, Created thing naught valued he nor shunned), And with disdainful look thus first began:— "Whence and what art thou, execrable Shape, That dar’st, though grim and terrible, advance Thy miscreated front athwart my way To yonder gates?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • execrable crimes
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