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verb (tr, adverb)
to request or invoketo call down God's anger
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How to use call down in a sentence
It was a stain that can never be effaced—a deed most diabolical, and what we thought would call down the vengeance of heaven.The Children of the New Forest|Captain Marryat
It seems good to me, therefore, that the Bintang Burung call down Djath's curse on this slayer of one of your people.The Argus Pheasant|John Charles Beecham
The chariot of Israel and the horses thereof!Oh call down fire from Heaven!The Saint's Tragedy|Charles Kingsley
The leader took the blade, examined it, and then began to call down curses on the head of the imbecile monster.Under the Rose|Frederic Stewart Isham
Do thou give a penny, or they will call down on thee every ill in thy limbs.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson|Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
Other Idioms and Phrases with call down
Invoke, as from heaven; for example, He called down the wrath of God. [Early 1800s]
call someone down. Scold or reprimand, as in The conductor called her down for playing out of tune. [Mid-1800s] For a synonym, see dress down, def. 1.
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