imprecate

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin imprecari (to invoke (good or evil) upon, pray to, call upon), from in (upon) + precari (to pray).

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imprecate (third-person singular simple present imprecates, present participle imprecating, simple past and past participle imprecated)

  1. (transitive) To call down by prayer, as something hurtful or calamitous.
  2. (transitive) To invoke evil upon; to curse; to swear at.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 119
      To sailors, oaths are household words; they will swear in the trance of the calm, and in the teeth of the tempest; they will imprecate curses from the topsail-yard-arms, when most they teeter over to a seething sea; [...]

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Verb[edit]

imprecate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of imprecare
  2. second-person plural imperative of imprecare
  3. feminine plural of imprecato

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imprecāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of imprecātus