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imprecation

noun

  1. (execration)  the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
    Synonyms: malediction. Type of: execration
  2. (accusation)  a slanderous accusation
    Type of: accusation

Etymology summary

Latin imprecationem (nominative imprecatio), from imprecatus, past participle of...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Curse | jinx | hex | execration | removal | breaking

any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to some other entity--one or more persons, a place, or an object. In particular, "curse" may refer to a wish that harm or hurt will be inflicted by any supernatural... (45 of 1688 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Curse

Collins Dictionary:

imprecation | curse [synonym, sense-specific]

the act of imprecating | a malediction; curse (7 of 316 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/imprecation

Merriam-Webster:

imprecation | curse [synonym, sense-specific] | anathema [synonym, sense-specific] | ban [synonym, sense-specific] | execration [synonym, sense-specific] | malediction [synonym, sense-specific] | malison [synonym, sense-specific] | winze [Scottish, synonym, sense-specific] | benediction [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

"curse" | the act of imprecating (5 of 88 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/imprecation

Oxford Dictionary:

imprecation | imprecatory [derived]

Syllabification: (im·pre·ca·tion) | [formal] | a spoken curse (6 of 52 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/imprecation

imprecation [formal] | imprecatory [derived]

a spoken curse (3 of 47 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/imprecation

Wiktionary:

imprecation | imprecations [plural]

The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon someone; a prayer that a curse or calamity may befall someone. | A curse. (21 of 47 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/imprecation

Macmillan British Dictionary:

imprecation [countable, formal] | imprecations [plural]

an offensive word that you say when you are angry | a curse (12 of 38 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/imprecation

New World Dictionary:

imprecation | imprecatory [adjective, related]

the act of imprecating evil, etc. on someone | a curse (10 of 25 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/imprecation

Cambridge Dictionary:

imprecation [formal]

a swear word (3 of 17 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/imprecation

Random House Dictionary:

imprecation

the act of imprecating; cursing. | a curse; malediction. (8 of 15 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/imprecation

American Heritage Dictionary:

imprecation

The act of imprecating. | A curse. (6 of 9 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/imprecation

Encarta Dictionary:

imprecation | imprecations [plural]

an oath or curse | the calling down of harm on somebody | swearing or blasphemy (14 of 35 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620458​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

imprecation

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: Latin imprecationem (nominative imprecatio), from imprecatus, past participle of imprecari "invoke, pray", from ... (15 of 40 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=imprecation

Wiktionary:

imprecation | imprecations [plural]

Origin: Latin imprecātio ("calling down of curses"), from imprecor ("call down, invoke"), from in- ("towards") + precor ("pray").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/imprecation

Oxford Dictionary:

imprecation

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin imprecation-, from imprecari "invoke (evil)", from in- "toward" + precari "pray"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/imprecation

imprecation [formal]

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin imprecatio(n-), from imprecari "invoke (evil)", from in- "towards" + precari "pray"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/imprecation

New World Dictionary:

imprecation

Origin: Latin imprecatio

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/imprecation

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

imprecation

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "imprecation"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/imprecation

Macmillan British Dictionary:

imprecation [countable, formal] | imprecations [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "imprecation"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/imprecation

Macmillan American Dictionary:

imprecation [countable, formal] | imprecations [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "imprecation"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/imprecation

Cambridge Dictionary:

imprecation [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "imprecation"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "imprecation"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/imprecation

the Free Dictionary:

imprecation

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "imprecation"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "imprecation"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "imprecation" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/imprecation

Google Dictionary:

imprecation | imprecations [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "imprecation"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=imprecation

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

imprecation

Audio: North American pronunciation of "imprecation"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=imprec​02 word=imprecation

YourDictionary Audio:

imprecation

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "imprecation" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/imprecation

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