verb (used with object), im·pre·cat·ed, im·pre·cat·ing.

to invoke or call down (evil or curses), as upon a person.

Nearby words

  1. impoverished,
  2. impoverishment,
  3. impower,
  4. impracticable,
  5. impractical,
  6. imprecation,
  7. imprecise,
  8. imprecision,
  9. impredicative,
  10. impregnable

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

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Related formsim·pre·ca·tor, nounim·pre·ca·to·ry, adjectiveun·im·pre·cat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for imprecatory



(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
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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