Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of imprecating.
  • n. A curse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon someone; a prayer that a curse or calamity may befall someone.
  • n. A curse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon any one; a prayer that a curse or calamity may fall on any one; a curse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of imprecating or invoking evil; a malediction; a prayer or expressed wish that a curse or calamity may befall some one.
  • n. Synonyms Curse, Execration, etc. See malediction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a slanderous accusation
  • n. the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)

Etymologies

From Latin imprecātio ("calling down of curses"), from imprecor ("call down, invoke"), from in- ("towards") + precor ("pray"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The excommunication was interpreted as an "imprecation" that cursed all Freemasons and doomed them to perdition.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • The Poems of the mourner himself have now passed through innumerable editions, and are universally known, but if, when Collins died, the same kind of imprecation had been pronounced by a surviving admirer, small is the number whom it would not have comprehended.

    Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books with Introductions, Notes and Illustrations

  • “If no other man has slept with you and if you have not gone astray in defilement while married to your husband, may you be safe from harm from this water of bitterness… But if you have gone astray… may the LORD make you a curse and an imprecation among your people, with the LORD causing your thigh to sag and your belly to be distended.”

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • Once, with a muttered imprecation, Kama leaped away, a stick of firewood in hand, and clubbed apart a tangle of fighting dogs.

    Chapter IV

  • Finally, his closing remarks were deadly: An overly flowery imprecation to courage that, ironically, made him sound utterly impotent:

    Obama's Speech: Not The Turning Point He Had In Mind

  • But of course, "liberal" isn't imprecation enough for his outrage: the Democrats are "committed," rather, "to a secular-socialist ideology that is alien to America's history and traditions."

    A Newt Gingrich Time Warp

  • Then, as she jerked at it and muttered another imprecation, the skirt came free and quickly dropped to cover most of what had interested him.

    Shameless

  • He consigned all boy scouts to limbo with one muttered imprecation.

    Dear Carl

  • Santelli's smug imprecation is much more than a punitive response to President Barack Obama's efforts to help people who got in over their heads trying to stake a claim to The American Dream.

    Phillip Martin: Are You Worthy? It's Time to Question Meritocracy

  • Do not avert your eyes from the needy, give no one occasion to curse you; for if someone curses you in distress, his Maker will give ear to the imprecation.

    Mike Lux: Editing the Bible

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