Definition of imprecation in English:

imprecation

Line breaks: im¦pre|ca¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɪmprɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

formal

Derivatives

imprecatory

Pronunciation: /ˈɪmprɪkeɪt(ə)ri, ɪmˈprɛkət(ə)ri/
adjective
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  • 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin imprecatio(n-), from imprecari 'invoke (evil)', from in- 'towards' + precari 'pray'.

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