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Imprecate   Listen
verb
Imprecate  v. t.  (past & past part. imprecated; pres. part. imprecating)  
1.
To call down by prayer, as something hurtful or calamitous. "Imprecate the vengeance of Heaven on the guilty empire."
2.
To invoke evil upon; to curse; to swear at. "In vain we blast the ministers of Fate, And the forlorn physicians imprecate."






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"Imprecate" Quotes from Famous Books



... them. 13. And if you feel no shame before men, you ought to fear the gods," she said, "for when he sailed away you took five talents which he had deposited (with you). And for (the truth of) these things, I am willing to imprecate my children, both these and those I have had later, wherever you may please. Truly I am not so wretched nor think so much of money as to die having sworn falsely on my children, and take away unjustly the property of my father." 14. Then she proved that he had received ...
— The Orations of Lysias • Lysias

... up to him, Jose was still swearing. He was walking among the wounded sheep, shooting those which he considered helplessly injured. His mouth was dry, his voice husky, and on his lips foam lay in yellow flecks. He ceased to imprecate only when, by repetition, his oaths became too inexpressive ...
— The Eagle's Heart • Hamlin Garland

... world like a ship's jib-boom. This whale is not dead; he is only dispirited; out of sorts, perhaps; hypochondriac; and so supine, that the hinges of his jaw have relaxed, leaving him there in that ungainly sort of plight, a reproach to all his tribe, who must, no doubt, imprecate lock-jaws ...
— Moby Dick; or The Whale • Herman Melville



Words linked to "Imprecate" :   conjure, imprecation, conjure up, stir, curse, blaspheme, maledict, bless, invoke, anathemise, put forward, arouse, utter, cuss, raise



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