Imprecation


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Imprecation is a noun that refers to a curse.

The Latin word precari (pray CAR ee) means ‘to pray, ask or request.’ The addition of the prefix I-N gets us a word that can be thought of as the opposite of a prayer — in other words, a curse. The word be used to describe the actions of a figure like a witch or a warlock, but it can also be used more informally. For example: Brenda may have smiled when faced with all the extra work she had to do, but under her breath, she muttered many imprecations to her co-workers whose laziness caused her to work late.