verb (used with object), im·pre·cat·ed, im·pre·cat·ing.

  1. to invoke or call down (evil or curses), as upon a person.


  1. (intr) to swear, curse, or blaspheme
  2. (tr) to invoke or bring down (evil, a curse, etc)to imprecate disaster on the ship
  3. (tr) to put a curse on

1610s, probably a back-formation from imprecation. Related: Imprecated; imprecating; imprecatory (1580s).

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