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imprecation

[im-pri-key-shuh n] /ˌɪm prɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of imprecating; cursing.
2.
a curse; malediction.
Origin of imprecation
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin imprecātiōn- (stem of imprecātiō), equivalent to imprecāt(us) (see imprecate) + -iōn- -ion
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  • There was an imprecation he used to repeat so often that I remember it to this hour.

  • He laughed again in one low burst that was as spiteful as an imprecation.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • The imprecation is really quite harmless, as are many other of the dreadful things attributed to the Magyars.

  • An imprecation of a sufficiently emphatic character was the only reply.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • He drew it out, glanced at it, and put it into his inner pocket with an imprecation followed by a triumphant laugh.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • In what do anathema, curse, execration, and imprecation agree?

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • With an imprecation of wrath he called his companion's attention to the spot.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • Now, the Queen muttered an imprecation, and called the name 'Abarak!'

  • Aramis, however, had reserved an exposure which she did not expect—the imprecation of the slave behind the car of the conqueror.

    The Vicomte de Bragelonne Alexandre Dumas
  • Egbalus and Rubaal were especially the objects of his imprecation.

    A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
British Dictionary definitions for imprecation

imprecation

/ˌɪmprɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of imprecating
2.
a malediction; curse
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Word Origin and History for imprecation
n.

mid-15c., "a curse, cursing," from Latin imprecationem (nominative imprecatio), from past participle stem of imprecari "invoke, pray, call down upon," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, within" (see in- (2)) + precari "to pray, ask, beg, request" (see pray). "Current limited sense is characteristic of human nature." [Weekley]

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