imprecation

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

Definition of imprecation

  1. 1 :  curse

  2. 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>

15th Century

First Known Use of imprecation

15th century


IMPRECATION Defined for English Language Learners

imprecation

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

Definition of imprecation for English Language Learners

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



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