- to invoke or call down (evil or curses), as upon a person.
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Examples from the Web for imprecatory
Contemporary Examples of imprecatory
According to the film, Muthee organized several weeks of imprecatory prayer against Mama Jane.Inside Sarah's Church
September 5, 2009
He has been offering “imprecatory prayers” against “the usurper that is in the White House…B. Hussein Obama.”The Obama Haters' Next Move
July 20, 2009
Historical Examples of imprecatory
This is the last and the most terrible of the imprecatory psalms.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Volume III
You can imagine him as upon occasion enjoying the imprecatory Psalms.Wisconsin in Story and Song;
But there is nothing of this; it is not in this sense that the sermon can be called “imprecatory.”Selected Sermons of Jonathan Edwards
Caleb read on; he was reading now one of the imprecatory psalms.Pembroke
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The imprecatory manner of it may be considered to be simply a solemn signification of the speaker's own assent and approval.
- (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
Word Origin for imprecate
Word Origin and History for imprecatory
1610s, probably a back-formation from imprecation. Related: Imprecated; imprecating; imprecatory (1580s).