[im-pri-key-shuh n]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for imprecation

malediction, curse

Examples from the Web for imprecation

Historical Examples of imprecation

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for imprecation



the act of imprecating
a malediction; curse
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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]

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