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Definition very bad
  • 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
  • You have such execrable taste, my pet.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • 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
  • But the cooking deteriorated, and became execrable; the wine, which had always been bad, became fearfully bad.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 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
  • Oh, no; it is execrable!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The mere sound of that execrable, ugly name made his blood run cold and his breath come in labored gasps.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • My early poetry was execrable.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • She is an artist,—outside of her painting, which obviously is execrable.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • 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
  • Mrs. Otter hesitated to translate, and Miss Price repeat ed in execrable French.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • 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
  • His coats were execrable; his hat not to be handled.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • I play upon that execrable scoundrel with a fire-engine until the breath is nearly driven out of his body.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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