imprecation


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

im·pre·ca·tion

 (ĭm′prĭ-kā′shən)
n.
1. The act of imprecating.
2. A curse.

imprecation

(ˌɪmprɪˈkeɪʃən)
n
1. the act of imprecating
2. a malediction; curse

im•pre•ca•tion

(ˌɪm prɪˈkeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of imprecating.
[1575–85; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imprecation - the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)imprecation - the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult); "he suffered the imprecations of the mob"
curse, execration, condemnation - an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
2.imprecation - a slanderous accusation
accusal, accusation - a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt

imprecation

noun
A denunciation invoking a wish or threat of evil or injury:
Archaic: malison.
Translations

imprecation

[ˌɪmprɪˈkeɪʃən] Nimprecación f

imprecation

[ˌɪmprɪˈkeɪʃən] nimprécation f

imprecation

nVerwünschung f, → Fluch m

imprecation

[ˌɪmprɪˈkeɪʃən] n (frm) → imprecazione f
References in classic literature ?
All life had turned to rottenness and stench in them--love was a beastliness, joy was a snare, and God was an imprecation.
It appeared, in answer to my inquiries, that nobody had the least idea of the etymology of this terrible verb passive to be gormed; but that they all regarded it as constituting a most solemn imprecation.
Cane,” said Elizabeth, smiling at the imprecation which the wary Frenchman supposed was understood only by himself.
Newman indulged in a brief and silent imprecation when he found that Madame de Cintre was not alone.
Your master," said her husband, muttering an imprecation with slow emphasis, "will break your neck if you meddle with wot don't concern you.
It was at that moment that the recluse caught sight, from the window of her bole, of the gypsy on the pillory, and hurled at her her sinister imprecation,--
At last he heard a sudden rush of unshod soles across the empty blackness, and at a little distance a scuffling sound, heavy breathing, and once what he thought the muttered imprecation of a man battling against great odds.
Achmet Zek caught his breath with a muttered exclamation of incredulity and an imprecation.
Once, with a muttered imprecation, Kama leaped away, a stick of firewood in hand, and clubbed apart a tangle of fighting dogs.
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.
Arthur Gride muttered an imprecation on his housekeeper's deafness, as he roared in her ear:
He laughed again in one low burst that was as spiteful as an imprecation.