Imprecation



[im-pri-key-shuh n] /ˌɪm prɪˈkeɪ ʃən/

noun
1.
the act of ; cursing.
2.
a curse; malediction.
/ˌɪmprɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of imprecating
2.
a malediction; curse
n.

mid-15c., “a curse, cursing,” from Latin imprecationem (nominative imprecatio), from past participle stem of imprecari “invoke, pray, call down upon,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in, within” (see in- (2)) + precari “to pray, ask, beg, request” (see pray). “Current limited sense is characteristic of human nature.” [Weekley]

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