American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To invoke evil upon; curse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pray for; express a strong desire for; invoke: in a good sense.
- Specifically To call down by prayer, as some evil upon an enemy, or in anger; invoke or express a malevolent desire for, as something evil.
- To invoke a curse or evil upon; curse.
- v. transitive To call down by prayer, as something hurtful or calamitous.
- v. transitive To invoke evil upon; to curse; to swear at.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To call down by prayer, as something hurtful or calamitous.
- v. To invoke evil upon; to curse; to swear at.
- v. wish harm upon; invoke evil upon
- v. utter obscenities or profanities
- From Latin imprecari ("to invoke (good or evil) upon, pray to, call upon"), from in ("upon") + precari ("to pray"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin imprecāri, imprecāt- : in-, towards; see in-2 + precārī, to pray, ask; see prek- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Oh, earth! how often did I imprecate curses on the cause of my being!”
“But when the next national storm confronts America, the automatic impulse to imprecate the nation combined with the widespread sense of ultimate entitlement will make it impossible for the country to act with sufficient strength to confront its troubles.”
“Sure enough, "Fuck You" is one of this year's most uplifting releases, with a chorus that makes you want to punch the air and imprecate cheerfully at total strangers.”
“But I threw myself at her feet, and took hold of her reluctant hand, and began to imprecate, avow, to promise — But thus the passionate beauty, interrupting me, went on:”
“O thou guileful betrayer! there is a just God, whom thou invokest: yet the thunderbolt descends not; and thou livest to imprecate and deceive!”
“At other times he would imprecate maledictions upon his head, and curse him as her destroyer.”
“Oh earth! how often did I imprecate curses on the cause of my being!”
“How often did I imprecate curses on the cause of my being!”
“This whale is not dead; he is only dispirited; out of sorts, perhaps; hypochondriac; and so supine, that the hinges of his jaw have relaxed, leaving him there in that ungainly sort of plight, a reproach to all his tribe, who must, no doubt, imprecate lock-jaws upon him.”
“When all had by acclamations given their approbation to these things, Demetrius commanded that, according to their custom, they should imprecate curses upon any that should, by addition, or alteration, or diminution, ever make any change in it.”
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