One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A spoken curse.‘I pushed my way through, screaming imprecations’
curse, malediction, anathemaswear word, curse, expletive, oath, profanity, four-letter word, obscenity, epithet, dirty wordView synonyms
- ‘The prisoners shouted imprecations against the government, proclaimed their innocence, and in some cases waved crutches and prosthetic limbs to show that they were not the dangerous guerrilla fighters they are alleged to be.’
- ‘He is, at this moment, hunched over his unstolen cellphone in tears, begging, pleading, mumbling imprecations for me to call him and relieve his torment.’
- ‘Croft galloped past the cart, the farmer's imprecations following him down the road.’
- ‘Howell was muttering threats and imprecations.’
- ‘Screaming imprecations and struggling wildly, she had to be held down by several guards while I cut the splint off her arm.’
Late Middle English: from Latin imprecatio(n-), from imprecari ‘invoke (evil)’, from in- ‘towards’ + precari ‘pray’.
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