imprecation

noun
im·​pre·​ca·​tion | \ ˌim-pri-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce imprecation (audio) \

Definition of imprecation

1 : curse
2 : the act of imprecating

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Other Words from imprecation

imprecatory \ ˈim-​pri-​kə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce imprecatory (audio) , im-​ˈpre-​kə-​ How to pronounce imprecatory (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for imprecation

Synonyms

anathema, ban, curse, execration, malediction, malison, winze [Scottish]

Antonyms

benediction, benison, blessing

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Examples of imprecation in a Sentence

He muttered imprecations under his breath. the defiant prisoner continued to hurl imprecations and insults at the guards

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The ninth Earl Spencer, Diana's brother Charles, in his eulogy hurling imprecations at the media and some seething smacks at the royal family — even as his godmother the queen listened from a few feet away? Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Remembering Diana: What happened when millions of stiff upper lips trembled with grief," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of imprecation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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imprecation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of imprecation

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

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