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tr.v. im·pre·cat·ed, im·pre·cat·ing, im·pre·cates
To invoke evil upon; curse.

[Latin imprecāri, imprecāt- : in-, towards; see in-2 + precārī, to pray, ask; see prek- in Indo-European roots.]

im′pre·ca′tor n.
im′pre·ca·to′ry (-kə-tôr′ē) adj.
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Psalm 35--"Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me"--is much loved for the imprecatory manner in which it calls on the God of Israel to fight one's battles for him or her by bringing the enemy to ruin, shame, and disgrace.
Almighty God, today we pray imprecatory prayers from Psalm 109 against the enemies of religious liberty .
Ancient donative inscriptions usually give details of grants made by a ruler or wealthy person, and often end with imprecatory verses that indicate the punishment any transgressor of the grant must face.
Any attempt to balance the benevolent chapters against the imprecatory ones, as Mr.
At issue in each, I contend, is the imprecatory force of the term "racism," as it has found employment largely in the direction of a "reverse" predication in recent public parlance.
The first question sounds imprecatory, colored by a talk radio tone: "Most of us in the room are over 65 and worried about Medicare.
This article addresses the manner in which the imprecatory psalms provide a valuable mechanism for the cathartic release of negative emotion.
Ghosts such as these curse at the present with the imprecatory psalms implicit in the foundation of the Zionist state -- and, as the nation's history unfurled, became explicit in her policies.
tender his imprecatory speech act upon the plebeians.
In the Roman Catholic liturgical reform following Vatican II, for example, three whole imprecatory psalms and many verses were dropped from the Liturgy of the Hours at the insistence of Pope Paul VI.
Before long, Crisp has ceased his imprecatory chant and is again singing sweetly, observing that "the Lord never poures out indignation and wrath as the desert of his people, he never looks to satisfie himselfe with any punishment of any member of Christ.
38) Both sides, the Court observed, "often speak bluntly and recklessly, embellishing their respective positions with imprecatory language.