Definitions of imprecation

  1. a slanderous accusation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult); "he suffered the imprecations of the mob" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A curse; the act of calling down evil upon. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. The act of imprecating: a curse. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Act of imprecating; curse. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. The act of imprecating; a prayer that a curse may fall on one. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. A curse; a prayer that a calamity may fall on some one. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for imprecation

  1. Only a short time had elapsed when he suddenly started up, with a smothered imprecation and bidding his friend an abrupt good- night, retired to his own chamber, without touching the dainty little supper that had just been brought in. – Captain Fracasse by Theophile Gautier
  2. This is not very sweet language for a gentle lady to use to a little infant boy, but the Druze and Moslem women use this kind of imprecation in many of their nursery songs. – The Women of the Arabs by Henry Harris Jessup