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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web That at times gives them the distasteful task of wrestling with demonstrators clad in prayer shawls, or facing down children who shout imprecations at them. Noga Tarnopolsky, Los Angeles Times, "Ultra-Orthodox Jews hit disproportionately hard by Israel’s coronavirus outbreak," 7 Apr. 2020 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of imprecation

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

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