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Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Definitions for imprecation

  1. The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon someone.
  2. A curse.

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Citations for imprecation
After a while, he stopped hurling imprecations . . . and, as he often did after such an outburst, became quite remorseful. Wayne Johnston, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
Would he criticize an erring colleague? "I shall," Dirksen would promise, in a voice like the finest whiskey aged in fog, "invoke upon him every condign imprecation." Lance Morrow, Time
Origin of imprecation
1575-1585
Imprecation derives from Latin imprecatio, from imprecari, "to invoke harm upon, to pray against," from in- + precari, "to pray."
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