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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
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Then tossing both arms, with measureless imprecations he shouted out: Aye, aye
and Haley relieved himself by repeating over a not very select litany of imprecations on himself, which, though there was the best possible reason to consider them as true, we shall, as a matter of taste, omit.
He drank the spirits and impatiently bade us go; terminating his command with a sequel of horrid imprecations too bad to repeat or remember.
I have myself directed some attention, during the past week, to the art of baking; and my son Wilkins has issued forth with a walking-stick and driven cattle, when permitted, by the rugged hirelings who had them in charge, to render any voluntary service in that direction - which I regret to say, for the credit of our nature, was not often; he being generally warned, with imprecations, to desist.
The last I saw of him, his head was bent over his knee and he was working hard at his fetter, muttering impatient imprecations at it and at his leg.
Growling the foulest imprecations, he crawled along the sand till he got hold of the porch and could hoist himself again upon his crutch.
A sea of fire lay before them in the darkness of the night, licking up the cabins and the bivouacs; cries of despair, howls, and imprecations reached their ears; they saw against the flames thousands of human beings with agonized or furious faces.
The fact that it is difficult to aim anything but imprecations accurately by moonlight, that they were upset by the sudden and unexpected manner of my advent, and that I was a rather rapidly moving target saved me from the various deadly projectiles of the enemy and permitted me to reach the shadows of the surrounding peaks before an orderly pursuit could be organized.
All that which a man wounded in his self-love could let fall in the shape of imprecations and reproaches upon the head of a woman Porthos let fall upon the bowed head of the procurator's wife.
As to his voice, prayers, sobs, and imprecations had changed it so that at times it was of a singularly penetrating sweetness, and at others rough and almost hoarse.
Many of the men were making low-toned noises with their mouths, and these subdued cheers, snarls, imprecations, prayers, made a wild, bar- baric song that went as an undercurrent of sound, strange and chantlike with the resounding chords of the war march.
Around a broken-down carriage the people were uttering imprecations, whilst the persons who had attempted to escape were made prisoners -- that is to say, an old man and two women.