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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
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin imprecātiōn- (stem of imprecātiō), equivalent to imprecāt(us) (see imprecate) + -iōn- -ion
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  • 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.
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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