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imprecate

[ im-pri-keyt ]
/ ˈɪm prɪˌkeɪt /
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verb (used with object), im·pre·cat·ed, im·pre·cat·ing.

to invoke or call down (evil or curses), as upon a person.

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Origin of imprecate

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin imprecātus, past participle of imprecārī “to invoke, pray to or for,” equivalent to im- “in” + prec- “pray” + -ātus past participle suffix; see origin at im-1, pray, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM imprecate

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

imprecate
/ (ˈɪmprɪˌkeɪt) /

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 imprecārī to invoke, from im- in- ² + precārī to pray
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