Definition of imprecation in English:
A spoken curse: I pushed my way through, screaming imprecations
More example sentences
- Screaming imprecations and struggling wildly, she had to be held down by several guards while I cut the splint off her arm.
- He is, at this moment, hunched over his unstolen cellphone in tears, begging, pleading, mumbling imprecations for me to call him and relieve his torment.
- The prisoners shouted imprecations against the government, proclaimed their innocence, and in some cases waved crutches and prosthetic limbs to show that they were not the dangerous guerrilla fighters they are alleged to be.
North American hex;
(imprecations)swearing, cursing, blaspheming, blasphemy, sacrilege, bad language, foul language, strong language, colourful language;
North American cuss word
late Middle English: from Latin imprecatio(n-), from imprecari 'invoke (evil)', from in- 'towards' + precari 'pray'.
- Example sentences
- It may reflect a limitation to Nehemiah's great strengths or it may reflect zeal for the glory of God, as similarly reflected in the imprecatory psalms and prayers in the Old and New Testaments.
- Early on, many Christian interpreters resorted to non-literal and allegorical readings of the Old Testament, especially of such difficult passages as the imprecatory psalms.
- The discussion of imprecatory psalms raises many skeptical questions.
Pronunciation: /ˈɪmprɪkeɪt(ə)ri, ɪmˈprɛkət(ə)ri/adjective
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