verb (-cated; -cating) Etymology: Latin imprecatus, past participle of imprecari, from in- + precari to pray — more at pray Date: 1613 transitive verb to invoke evil on ; curse intransitive verb to utter curses

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(a curse or some evil), / , , ,

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  • Imprecate — Im pre*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Imprecated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Imprecating}.] [L. imprecatus, p. p. of imprecari to imprecate; pref. im in, on + precari to pray. See {Pray}.] 1. To call down by prayer, as something hurtful or calamitous. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imprecate — [im′pri kāt΄] vt. imprecated, imprecating [< L imprecatus, pp. of imprecari, to invoke, pray to < in , in, on + precari, to PRAY] 1. to pray for or invoke (evil, a curse, etc.) [to imprecate disaster upon one s foe] 2. Rare to invoke evil… …   English World dictionary

  • imprecate — 1610s, probably a back formation from IMPRECATION (Cf. imprecation). Related: Imprecated; imprecating; imprecatory (1580s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • imprecate — imprecator, n. imprecatory, adj. /im pri kayt /, v.t., imprecated, imprecating. to invoke or call down (evil or curses), as upon a person. [1605 15; < L imprecatus ptp. of imprecari to invoke, pray to or for, equiv. to im IM 1 + prec PRAY + atus… …   Universalium

  • imprecate — verb a) To call down by prayer, as something hurtful or calamitous. b) To invoke evil upon; to curse; to swear at. See Also: imprecation …   Wiktionary

  • imprecate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To invoke evil or injury upon: anathematize, curse, damn. Informal: cuss. Archaic: execrate, maledict. See WORDS …   English dictionary for students

  • imprecate — im·pre·cate || ɪmprɪkeɪt v. curse, place a curse upon …   English contemporary dictionary

  • imprecate — v. a. 1. Invoke (a curse or some evil), call down. 2. Curse, maledict, execrate, anathematize …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • imprecate — v execrate, anathematize, send to perdition, curse, Sl. put the whammy on, Inf. jinx; damn, denounce, denunciate, condemn; blaspheme, slander …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • imprecate — im·pre·cate …   English syllables

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