imprecation

noun /ˌɪm.pɹɪˈkeɪ.ʃən,ˌɪm.pɹəˈkeɪ.ʃən/
a) The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon someone; a prayer that a curse or calamity may befall someone.

Her son turned to look at her as she reeled and swayed in the middle of the room, her fierce face convulsed with passion, her blotched arms raised high in imprecation. "May Gawd curse her forever," she shrieked.

b) A curse.

Mr. Gamfield growled a fierce imprecation on the donkey generally, but more particularly on his eyes; and, running after him, bestowed a blow on his head.


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  • imprecation — Imprecation …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • imprécation — [ ɛ̃prekasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • mil. XIVe; lat. imprecatio, de precari « prier » ♦ Littér. Souhait de malheur contre qqn. ⇒ anathème, malédiction. Lancer, proférer des imprécations contre qqn. Les imprécations de Camille, d Agrippine. « les “fureurs”,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Imprecation — Im pre*ca tion, n. [L. imprecatio: cf. F. impr[ e]cation.] The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon any one; a prayer that a curse or calamity may fall on any one; a curse. [1913 Webster] Men cowered like slaves before such horrid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imprecation — I noun abuse, anathema, aspersion, bad wishes, blasphemy, commmation, curse, damnation, denunciation, execration, expletive, exsecratio, foul language, fulmination, ill wishes, invocation of evil, malediction, malison, objuration, obsecration,… …   Law dictionary

  • imprecation — (n.) mid 15c., a curse, cursing, from L. imprecationem (nom. imprecatio), from pp. stem of imprecari invoke, pray, call down upon, from assimilated form of in into, in, within (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + precari to pray, ask, beg, request (see PRAY… …   Etymology dictionary

  • imprecation — *curse, malediction, anathema Analogous words: execration, damning, objurgation (see corresponding verbs at EXECRATE): *blasphemy, profanity, swearing Antonyms: prayer …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • imprecation — Imprecation. s. f. Malediction, souhait qu on fait contre quelqu un. Faire des imprecations contre quelqu un, le charger d imprecations, de mille imprecations …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • imprecation — ► NOUN formal ▪ a spoken curse. ORIGIN Latin, from imprecari invoke (evil) …   English terms dictionary

  • imprecation — [im΄pri kā′shən] n. [L imprecatio] 1. the act of imprecating evil, etc. on someone 2. a curse [muttering imprecations as he worked] imprecatory [im΄prəkə tôr΄ē] adj …   English World dictionary

  • imprécation — (in pré ka sion ; en vers, de cinq syllabes) s. f. 1°   Souhait qu on fait contre quelqu un. •   Il a fait contre moi mille imprécations, TRISTAN Mariane, I, 3. •   Bénissez ceux qui font des imprécations contre vous, et priez pour ceux qui vous… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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