Thursday, November 04, 2004
Definitions for imprecation
- The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon someone.
- 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.
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."
Origin of imprecation
Imprecation derives from Latin imprecatio, from imprecari, "to invoke harm upon, to pray against," from in- + precari, "to pray."