imprecate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v imprecate utter obscenities or profanities "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
    • v imprecate wish harm upon; invoke evil upon "The bad witch cursed the child"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Imprecate To call down by prayer, as something hurtful or calamitous. "Imprecate the vengeance of Heaven on the guilty empire."
    • Imprecate To invoke evil upon; to curse; to swear at. "In vain we blast the ministers of Fate,
      And the forlorn physicians imprecate ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • imprecate To pray for; express a strong desire for; invoke: in a good sense.
    • imprecate Specifically To call down by prayer, as some evil upon an enemy, or in anger; invoke or express a malevolent desire for, as something evil.
    • imprecate To invoke a curse or evil upon; curse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Imprecate im′pre-kāt to pray for good or evil upon: to curse
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Curses always recoil on the head of him who imprecates them. If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. imprecatus, p. p. of imprecari, to imprecate; pref. im-, in, on + precari, to pray. See Pray
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. imprecāriin, upon, precāri, -ātus, to pray.

Usage

In literature:

When he had finished, Lord Darby went off again in a storm of fierce imprecation; this time, however, in good Anglo-Saxon.
"Beatrix of Clare" by John Reed Scott
Some of the imprecations are dreadful.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
In the midst of it he turned, and the tempest of imprecation spent itself in a gasp of dismay.
"The Quickening" by Francis Lynde
Speech was given us to make known our needs, and for imprecation, expostulation, and entreaty.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
He answered them with angry imprecations, and called with frantic vehemence for the Emperor.
"The History of Napoleon Buonaparte" by John Gibson Lockhart
A hoarse patter of Spanish imprecations came from the crowd immediately round me.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The old man, who was the soul of honor, burst forth in violent imprecations, and drove him from his presence.
"The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales" by Francis A. Durivage
Within the room the men and women jostled each other in the darkness, or jammed imprecating in the narrow doorway.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
The mob unable to overtake me, still shouted a last imprecation.
"The American Prejudice Against Color" by William G. Allen
At last he tossed up a coin and muttered a faint imprecation as he picked it up.
"Flower of the Dusk" by Myrtle Reed
Cries of fury, oaths, imprecations accompanied the blows of the axe.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
In a state of filthy inebriety, they uttered the most horrible imprecations.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
The tears coursed down his face as he shivered beneath the string of oaths, curses, and imprecations that were rained upon him.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
He ordered them to be executed agreeably to the several imprecations of their own mouths.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
Heavy imprecations fell upon such a course of conduct.
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour
He is about to consume the offender with imprecation.
"Tales from the Hindu Dramatists" by R. N. Dutta
An instant later a stout Turk in official uniform broke through the confusion, shouting imprecations.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
Of course all depends on what is the object of our imprecations.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Meanwhile Mr. Krone, with an imprecation, declares he has power to elect his candidate to the Senate.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
At the word "taxes," a new storm of wailing and imprecations broke out.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
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In poetry:

Yet sad Melpomine rejoyceth not,
Nor ought but imprecations 'stows upon her,
She saith her beauty is to her a blot,
Whose so much goodness robs them of their honor,
Help then Melpomine with thy sad verse,
To tell her fate, and houl upon her Herse.
"Arcadius and Sepha" by William Bosworth

In news:

With Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic Carnage and Withered Imprecation, 6 pm Tuesday, May 26, at Numbers, 300 Westheimer.
It started with Kory Clarke, the lead singer of Warrior Soul, hurling imprecations against "12 years of Republican administrations".
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In science:

Benson, et al, Imprecated, yet impeccable: on the theoretical evaluation of Γ(B → Xcℓν ), Nucl.
Inclusive Measurements of $B \to X_c\ell\nu$ and $B \to X_s\gamma$ Decays
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