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[im-pri-key-shuh n] /ˌɪm prɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of imprecating; cursing.
a curse; malediction.
Origin of imprecation
1575-85; < Latin imprecātiōn- (stem of imprecātiō), equivalent to imprecāt(us) (see imprecate) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He laughed again in one low burst that was as spiteful as an imprecation.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • An imprecation of a sufficiently emphatic character was the only reply.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • Then, with an imprecation upon his lips, he turned and retired.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • He vainly strives to rally under the fire of imprecation, but it is too late.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • With an imprecation of wrath he called his companion's attention to the spot.

    A Prisoner of Morro

    Upton Sinclair
  • A torrent of imprecation rose to his lips, but he left it unuttered.

    The Royal Pawn of Venice

    Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
  • An imprecation on a person who has surpassed another in an undertaking.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • In what do anathema, curse, execration, and imprecation agree?

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • "That imprecation had better have been spared, madam," said the duke.

    Windsor Castle William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Now, the Queen muttered an imprecation, and called the name 'Abarak!'

British Dictionary definitions for imprecation


the act of imprecating
a malediction; curse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for imprecation

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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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