imprecation

imprecation (n.) mid-15c., "a curse, cursing," from L. imprecationem (nom. imprecatio), from pp. stem of imprecari "invoke, pray, call down upon," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, within" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (2)) + precari "to pray, ask, beg, request" (see PRAY (Cf. pray)). "Current limited sense is characteristic of human nature." [Weekley]

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  • imprecation — Imprecation …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • imprécation — [ ɛ̃prekasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • mil. XIVe; lat. imprecatio, de precari « prier » ♦ Littér. Souhait de malheur contre qqn. ⇒ anathème, malédiction. Lancer, proférer des imprécations contre qqn. Les imprécations de Camille, d Agrippine. « les “fureurs”,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Imprecation — Im pre*ca tion, n. [L. imprecatio: cf. F. impr[ e]cation.] The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon any one; a prayer that a curse or calamity may fall on any one; a curse. [1913 Webster] Men cowered like slaves before such horrid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imprecation — I noun abuse, anathema, aspersion, bad wishes, blasphemy, commmation, curse, damnation, denunciation, execration, expletive, exsecratio, foul language, fulmination, ill wishes, invocation of evil, malediction, malison, objuration, obsecration,… …   Law dictionary

  • imprecation — *curse, malediction, anathema Analogous words: execration, damning, objurgation (see corresponding verbs at EXECRATE): *blasphemy, profanity, swearing Antonyms: prayer …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • imprecation — Imprecation. s. f. Malediction, souhait qu on fait contre quelqu un. Faire des imprecations contre quelqu un, le charger d imprecations, de mille imprecations …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • imprecation — ► NOUN formal ▪ a spoken curse. ORIGIN Latin, from imprecari invoke (evil) …   English terms dictionary

  • imprecation — [im΄pri kā′shən] n. [L imprecatio] 1. the act of imprecating evil, etc. on someone 2. a curse [muttering imprecations as he worked] imprecatory [im΄prəkə tôr΄ē] adj …   English World dictionary

  • imprécation — (in pré ka sion ; en vers, de cinq syllabes) s. f. 1°   Souhait qu on fait contre quelqu un. •   Il a fait contre moi mille imprécations, TRISTAN Mariane, I, 3. •   Bénissez ceux qui font des imprécations contre vous, et priez pour ceux qui vous… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • imprecation — noun /ˌɪm.pɹɪˈkeɪ.ʃən,ˌɪm.pɹəˈkeɪ.ʃən/ a) The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon someone; a prayer that a curse or calamity may befall someone. Her son turned to look at her as she reeled and swayed in the middle of the room, her fierce… …   Wiktionary

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