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Imprecate  v. t.  (past & past part. imprecated; pres. part. imprecating)  
To call down by prayer, as something hurtful or calamitous. "Imprecate the vengeance of Heaven on the guilty empire."
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

... majesty was proclaimed. Then how the people shouted. Each man would have poured out his life-blood to keep a hair of King George's head from harm. But now, there is scarcely a tongue in all New England that does not imprecate curses on his name. It is ruin and disgrace to love him. Can it be possible that a few fleeting years have ...
— True Stories from History and Biography • Nathaniel Hawthorne

... you see how Katharine Campbell was provoked by this girl's discovering her theft; whereupon she has brought in the rest of her confederates to act the mischiefs; how Campbell did curse and imprecate in a terrible manner; how she staid out of her bed at night, and was frequently ...
— The Mysteries of All Nations • James Grant

... nine[1], inspire my soul! (Waiter! a go of Brett's best alcohol, A light, and one of Killpack's mild Havannahs). Fire me! again I say, while loud hosannas I sing of what we were—of what we now are. Wildly let me rave, To imprecate the knave Whose curious information turned our porter sour, Bottled our stout, doing it (ruthless cub!) Brown, Down Knocking our snug, unlicensed club; Changing, despite our belle esprit, at one fell swop, Into a ...
— Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 1, July 17, 1841 • Various

... complexion, about 40 years of age, and born in Pembrokeshire. His parents were honest and respectable, and his natural activity, courage, and invention, were superior to his education. At a very early period, he, in drinking, would imprecate vengeance upon "the head of him who ever lived to wear a halter." He went willingly into the pirate service, and served three years as a second man. It was not for want of employment, but from a roving, wild, and boisterous turn of mind. It was his usual declaration, ...
— The Pirates Own Book • Charles Ellms

Words linked to "Imprecate" :   give tongue to, cuss, anathemise, arouse, call forth, blaspheme, verbalize, beshrew, conjure, curse, bring up, express, damn, imprecation

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