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imprecate

[ im-pri-keyt ]
/ 藞瑟m pr瑟藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used with object), im路pre路cat路ed, im路pre路cat路ing.
to invoke or call down (evil or curses), as upon a person.
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Origin of imprecate

First recorded in 1605鈥15; from Latin imprec膩tus, past participle of imprec膩r墨 鈥渢o invoke, pray to or for,鈥 equivalent to im- 鈥渋n鈥 + prec- 鈥減ray鈥 + -膩tus past participle suffix; see origin at im-1, pray, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM imprecate

im路pre路ca路tor, nounim路pre路ca路to路ry, adjectiveun路im路pre路cat路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for imprecate

imprecate
/ (藞瑟mpr瑟藢ke瑟t) /

verb
(intr) to swear, curse, or blaspheme
(tr) to invoke or bring down (evil, a curse, etc)to imprecate disaster on the ship
(tr) to put a curse on

Derived forms of imprecate

imprecatory, adjective

Word Origin for imprecate

C17: from Latin imprec膩r墨 to invoke, from im- in- 虏 + prec膩r墨 to pray
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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