imprecation

[ im-pri-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪm prɪˈkeɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of imprecating; cursing.
a curse; malediction.

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Nearby words

  1. impoverishment,
  2. impower,
  3. impracticable,
  4. impractical,
  5. imprecate,
  6. imprecise,
  7. imprecision,
  8. impredicative,
  9. impregnable,
  10. impregnate

Origin of imprecation

1575–85; < Latin imprecātiōn- (stem of imprecātiō), equivalent to imprecāt(us) (see imprecate) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for imprecation

imprecation

/ (ˌɪmprɪˈkeɪʃən) /

noun

the act of imprecating
a malediction; curse
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Word Origin and History for imprecation

imprecation

n.

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]

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