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Exʹecrate (3 syl.)

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To many Roman laws this tag was appended, “If any one breaks this law, sacer esto,” i.e. let his body, his family, and his goods be consecrated to the gods. When a man was declared sacer, anyone might kill him with impunity. Anyone who hurt a tribune was held a sacer to the goddess Cerēs. Ex in this word is intensitive.

“If anyone hurt a tribune in word or deed, he was held accursed [sacer], and his goods were confiscated.”—Livy, iii. 55; see also Dionysius, vi. 89, and viii. 17.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Excelsior
Exception
Exceptions prove the Rule
Exchequer
Excise
Exclusion
Excommunication
Excruciate
Excuse
Exeat (Latin, he may go out)
Execrate
Exequatur
Exercises
Exeter
Exeter Controversy
Exeter Domesday
Exhibition
Exhibition (The Great)
Exies or Axes
Exile
Exit (Latin, he goes out)