[ im-pri-keyt ]
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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.

Origin of imprecate

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin imprecātus, past participle of imprecārī “to invoke, pray to or for,” equivalent to im- “in” + prec- “pray” + -ātus past participle suffix; see origin at im-1, pray, -ate1

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Other words from imprecate

  • im·pre·ca·tor, noun
  • im·pre·ca·to·ry, adjective
  • un·im·pre·cat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use imprecate in a sentence

  • 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  • The style of the imprecatory psalms and the denunciating prophets is out of date.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.

British Dictionary definitions for imprecate


/ (ˈɪmprɪˌkeɪt) /

  1. (intr) to swear, curse, or blaspheme

  2. (tr) to invoke or bring down (evil, a curse, etc): to imprecate disaster on the ship

  1. (tr) to put a curse on

Origin of imprecate

C17: from Latin imprecārī to invoke, from im- in- ² + precārī to pray

Derived forms of imprecate

  • imprecatory, adjective

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