imprecation

noun im·pre·ca·tion \ ˌim-pri-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of imprecation

1 : curse
2 : the act of imprecating

imprecatory

play \ˈim-pri-kə-ˌtȯr-ē, im-ˈpre-kə-\ adjective

Examples of imprecation in a Sentence

  1. He muttered imprecations under his breath.

  2. the defiant prisoner continued to hurl imprecations and insults at the guards

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First Known Use of imprecation

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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IMPRECATION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of imprecation for English Language Learners

  • : an offensive word or phrase that people say when they are angry



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