imprecate


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im·pre·cate

 (ĭm′prĭ-kāt′)
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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imprecate

(ˈɪmprɪˌkeɪt)
vb
1. (intr) to swear, curse, or blaspheme
2. (tr) to invoke or bring down (evil, a curse, etc): to imprecate disaster on the ship.
3. (tr) to put a curse on
[C17: from Latin imprecārī to invoke, from im- in-2 + precārī to pray]
ˈimpreˌcatory adj
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im•pre•cate

(ˈɪm prɪˌkeɪt)

v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing. v.t.
1. to call down evil on.
v.i.
2. to utter curses.
[1605–15; < Latin imprecātus, past participle of imprecārī to invoke, pray to or for =im- im-1 + precārī to pray]
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imprecate


Past participle: imprecated
Gerund: imprecating

Imperative
imprecate
imprecate
Present
I imprecate
you imprecate
he/she/it imprecates
we imprecate
you imprecate
they imprecate
Preterite
I imprecated
you imprecated
he/she/it imprecated
we imprecated
you imprecated
they imprecated
Present Continuous
I am imprecating
you are imprecating
he/she/it is imprecating
we are imprecating
you are imprecating
they are imprecating
Present Perfect
I have imprecated
you have imprecated
he/she/it has imprecated
we have imprecated
you have imprecated
they have imprecated
Past Continuous
I was imprecating
you were imprecating
he/she/it was imprecating
we were imprecating
you were imprecating
they were imprecating
Past Perfect
I had imprecated
you had imprecated
he/she/it had imprecated
we had imprecated
you had imprecated
they had imprecated
Future
I will imprecate
you will imprecate
he/she/it will imprecate
we will imprecate
you will imprecate
they will imprecate
Future Perfect
I will have imprecated
you will have imprecated
he/she/it will have imprecated
we will have imprecated
you will have imprecated
they will have imprecated
Future Continuous
I will be imprecating
you will be imprecating
he/she/it will be imprecating
we will be imprecating
you will be imprecating
they will be imprecating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been imprecating
you have been imprecating
he/she/it has been imprecating
we have been imprecating
you have been imprecating
they have been imprecating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been imprecating
you will have been imprecating
he/she/it will have been imprecating
we will have been imprecating
you will have been imprecating
they will have been imprecating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been imprecating
you had been imprecating
he/she/it had been imprecating
we had been imprecating
you had been imprecating
they had been imprecating
Conditional
I would imprecate
you would imprecate
he/she/it would imprecate
we would imprecate
you would imprecate
they would imprecate
Past Conditional
I would have imprecated
you would have imprecated
he/she/it would have imprecated
we would have imprecated
you would have imprecated
they would have imprecated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.imprecate - wish harm uponimprecate - wish harm upon; invoke evil upon; "The bad witch cursed the child"
bring up, call down, conjure, conjure up, invoke, call forth, put forward, arouse, evoke, stir, raise - summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "call down the spirits from the mountain"
2.imprecate - utter obscenities or profanitiesimprecate - utter obscenities or profanities; "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
blaspheme - speak of in an irreverent or impious manner; "blaspheme God"
give tongue to, utter, express, verbalise, verbalize - articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise; "She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse"
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imprecate

verb
To invoke evil or injury upon:
Informal: cuss.
Archaic: execrate, maledict.
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Translations

imprecate

vtverfluchen, verwünschen; to imprecate curses on somebodyjdn verfluchen
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References in classic literature ?
This whale is not dead; he is only dispirited; out of sorts, perhaps; hypochondriac; and so supine, that the hinges of his jaw have relaxed, leaving him there in that ungainly sort of plight, a reproach to all his tribe, who must, no doubt, imprecate lock-jaws upon him.
But now there is scarcely a tongue in all New England that does not imprecate curses on his name.
How often did I imprecate curses on the cause of my being!
--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.--Bad counsel confounds the adviser.
Some of our neighbours, when experiencing illness, difficulty or sorrow, begin to imprecate; the pain and suffering are still felt, but they do not receive the reward for patience.
Perche voi che urlate, che imprecate, che insultate, non raccogliete i nostri fucili?
Sometimes, an imprecate causes it, sometimes one who commits a sin suffers the wrath of God by turning to stone.