[ im-pri-key-shuhn ]
See synonyms for imprecation on
  1. the act of imprecating; cursing.

  2. a curse; malediction.

Origin of imprecation

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

Words Nearby imprecation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use imprecation in a sentence

  • But that he was helpless, befooled, he recognized; and with a final muttered imprecation he turned and slowly descended the stair.

    Dope | Sax Rohmer
  • imprecation is seldom absent from these incursions, being, in fact, urgently needed to do duty for closer argumentation.

  • He blessed his reverence's four bones, his favorite imprecation of the benevolent kind.

  • With a muttered imprecation, Hawley snatched at the letter, but Matt stepped back quickly and thrust the missive behind him.

  • It proved to be the party, for they heard a low growling imprecation from Green as he stumbled over some object.

British Dictionary definitions for imprecation


/ (ˌɪmprɪˈkeɪʃən) /

  1. the act of imprecating

  2. a malediction; curse

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