- the act of imprecating; cursing.
- a curse; malediction.
Origin of imprecation
Examples from the Web for imprecation
He laughed again in one low burst that was as spiteful as an imprecation.Tales of Unrest
An imprecation of a sufficiently emphatic character was the only reply.David Elginbrod
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.
With an imprecation of wrath he called his companion's attention to the spot.A Prisoner of Morro
- the act of imprecating
- a malediction; curse
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]