Imprecation is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of imprecation, followed by 34 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a slanderous accusation
EXAMPLES - Imprecation in a Sentence
- There sounded a startled imprecation, and the voice called warily. (source)
- He consigned all boy scouts to limbo with one muttered imprecation. (source)
- With a muttered imprecation, he snatched out his hand and backed away. (source)
- With a solemn imprecation on the formality and absurdity of the writer, (source)
- Ah! ah! woe is me! foully undone by an impious father's impious imprecation! (source)
- Market and local solutions are the studiously positioned pot of Whiskas and soft imprecation. (source)
- With an impatient imprecation he seized her slim shoulders and shook her until she gasped for breath. (source)
- With an imprecation Slinkton put his hand to his head, tore out some hair, and flung it to the ground. (source)
- He was happy to combine in the same imprecation the two things which he most detested, Prussia and England. (source)
- The excommunication was interpreted as an "imprecation" that cursed all Freemasons and doomed them to perdition. (source)
- With a muttered imprecation, Ki-Gor bent low over the horse's neck and banged his heels against the horse's ribs. (source)
- * Even now, ancestors whose favourite imprecation was Gentlemen of the jury are spinning in their final resting-places. (source)
- Finding it impossible to excite compassion, he gives vent to his feelings in an imprecation bearing reference to the eyes of (source)
- Finally, his closing remarks were deadly: An overly flowery imprecation to courage that, ironically, made him sound utterly impotent: (source)
- The Colonel cast up his eyes in a sublime impulse of horror and imprecation, as if to call heaven to witness to this fresh subterfuge. (source)
- In the versions that I've heard, the "Pearly, believe them" comes over as an imprecation rather than as a stoic observation in the sense of (source)
- Then, as she jerked at it and muttered another imprecation, the skirt came free and quickly dropped to cover most of what had interested him. (source)
- Actually, I always associate that word with one person -- a grizzled old teacher at my former school, who said it like the imprecation of a longshoreman. (source)
- Do not avert your eyes from the needy, give no one occasion to curse you; for if someone curses you in distress, his Maker will give ear to the imprecation. (source)
- It was an explosive imprecation from Conan's lips as he started up, his great fists clenched into hammers, his veins on his temples knotting, his features convulsed. (source)
- And below for your viewing pleasure, the Observer's style desk presents Simon Doonan's latest wackness: an imprecation to shun bikinis in favor of classy one piece bathing suits! (source)
- History does not tell us whether John the Roman was the recipient of that curse, but it is tempting to speculate that Bethlems troubled past might have originated with that imprecation. (source)
- But of course, "liberal" isn't imprecation enough for his outrage: the Democrats are "committed," rather, "to a secular-socialist ideology that is alien to America's history and traditions." (source)
- Santelli's smug imprecation is much more than a punitive response to President Barack Obama's efforts to help people who got in over their heads trying to stake a claim to The American Dream. (source)
- The mother of Micah clearly is presented as having the right to utter a legally valid imprecation; indeed this text is the only biblical narrative that presents a property-protection use of a curse. (source)
- It appeared, in answer to my inquiries, that nobody had the least idea of the etymology of this terrible verb passive to be gormed; but that they all regarded it as constituting a most solemn imprecation. (source)
- The Democrats elected in 2006 proved to be so lame and hypocritical that the partisan Dem moderates 'finger-wagging imprecation that those of us who refuse to be fooled again are Part of the Problem has become utterly impotent. (source)
- Halbert Glendinning brooked not a sight so brutal, but, uttering a deep imprecation, started from his seat, and laid his hand on his sword, under the strong impulse of passing it through the body of the cruel and hard-hearted ruffian. (source)
- Tuck slipped away for an hour or so (he could have been hiding in the lavatory) and then came back and announced that he had gone out into the crowd and shouted the imprecation that sounds like something lifted from a Walter Scott novel. (source)
- The Boy worried about transgressing the unspoken compact: you will come home from a birthday party with a bag of small plastic things that a parent will soon step on and break undoubtedly muttering some imprecation under her/his breath and CANDY. (source)
- The Poems of the mourner himself have now passed through innumerable editions, and are universally known, but if, when Collins died, the same kind of imprecation had been pronounced by a surviving admirer, small is the number whom it would not have comprehended. (source)
- He put the implement into the hand of its owner, who, recollecting the circumstances under which he had flung it from him last night, and the now too probable consequences of that interview, bestowed on it a deep imprecation, and again hurled it from him into the brook. (source)
- Finally, it is true that the final page and a half of Who Killed Daniel Pearl? is marginally less hostile to Islam than the rest of the book, and that in it BHL visits a mosque where for "the first time I enter a religious space in Karachi without feeling the wind of imprecation, of hatred." (source)
- The 'conservative' Republican disdain, slur, slander, imprecation, and demeaning of "the 'L' word -- liberal," foisted by Rash Lamebrain in hypnotic monotone daily infection of infantile idiocy to suggestible illiterate palsied mental weaklings, is a despicable intolerable scourge on America and Americans. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 34 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "imprecation" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 3 synonyms for imprecation.
curse, malediction, swearing
We have 0 antonyms for imprecation.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of imprecation from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) The act of imprecating.
- (noun) A curse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon someone; a prayer that a curse or calamity may befall someone.
- (noun) A curse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon any one; a prayer that a curse or calamity may fall on any one; a curse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) The act of imprecating or invoking evil; a malediction; a prayer or expressed wish that a curse or calamity may befall some one.
- (noun) Synonyms Curse, Execration, etc. See malediction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a slanderous accusation
- (noun) the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)