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verb (used with object), im·pre·cat·ed, im·pre·cat·ing.
  1. to invoke or call down (evil or curses), as upon a person.
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Origin of imprecate

1605–15; < Latin imprecātus past participle of imprecārī to invoke, pray to or for, equivalent to im- im-1 + prec- pray + -ātus -ate1
Related formsim·pre·ca·tor, nounim·pre·ca·to·ry, adjectiveun·im·pre·cat·ed, adjective

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  1. (intr) to swear, curse, or blaspheme
  2. (tr) to invoke or bring down (evil, a curse, etc)to imprecate disaster on the ship
  3. (tr) to put a curse on
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Derived Formsimprecatory, adjective

Word Origin for imprecate

C17: from Latin imprecārī to invoke, from im- in- ² + precārī to pray
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Word Origin and History for imprecatory



1610s, probably a back-formation from imprecation. Related: Imprecated; imprecating; imprecatory (1580s).

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