imprecation

[im-pri-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of imprecating; cursing.
2.
a curse; malediction.

Origin:
1575–85; < Latin imprecātiōn- (stem of imprecātiō), equivalent to imprecāt(us) (see imprecate) + -iōn- -ion

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imprecation (ˌɪmprɪˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of imprecating
2.  a malediction; curse

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imprecation
1448, from L. imprecationem (nom. imprecatio), from imprecatus, pp. of imprecari "invoke, pray," from in- "within" + precari "to pray, ask beg, request." "Current limited sense is characteristic of human nature." [Weekley]
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Example sentences
Then came an imprecation, and a match was struck and the study was flooded with yellow light.
They do not recite long litanies, whose refrain is an unending imprecation.
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