Definition of imprecate in English:



[with object]archaic
  • Utter (a curse) or invoke (evil) against someone or something.

    ‘how often did I imprecate curses on the cause of my being!’
    no object ‘Sycorax had imprecated against his entry into their cell’
    • ‘‘She was talking about learning some spells and the like here as well,’ Mira chipped in from someplace to my left, and I imprecated her with a colorful phrase inside the recesses in my brain.’
    • ‘He is still living in the palace, but his misfortunes have so unhinged him that he imprecates the most unholy curses on his sons, praying that they may have to draw the sword before they share this house between them.’
    • ‘This made the sage even more furious and he imprecated a curse on Karna.’
    curse, put a curse on, put the evil eye on, execrate, hoodoo
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Early 17th century: from Latin imprecat- ‘invoked’, from the verb imprecari.