to invoke or call down (evil or curses), as upon a person.
- im·pre·ca·tor, noun
- im·pre·ca·to·ry, adjective
- un·im·pre·cat·ed, adjective
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How to use imprecate in a sentence
He has previously repeatedly called for the death of President Obama via imprecatory prayer.
Glazier responded by branding the woman a witch and began to utter imprecatory prayers.
According to the film, Muthee organized several weeks of imprecatory prayer against Mama Jane.
He has been offering “imprecatory prayers” against “the usurper that is in the White House…B. Hussein Obama.”
Caleb read on; he was reading now one of the imprecatory psalms.Pembroke | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The one redeeming feature in these imprecatory petitions is that they have always served the Oriental as a safety-valve.The Syrian Christ | Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
The style of the imprecatory psalms and the denunciating prophets is out of date.The American Mind | Bliss Perry
Desvœux put on Blunt's square awkward manner and coughed an imprecatory cough.Chronicles of Dustypore | Henry Stewart Cunningham
This is the last and the most terrible of the imprecatory psalms.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Volume III | Alexander Maclaren
British Dictionary definitions for imprecate
(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
- imprecatory, adjective
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