Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Word of the Day


Pronunciation: \im-prih-KAY-shuhn\
Function: noun
Etymology: Imprecation derives from Latin imprecatio, from imprecari, "to invoke harm upon, to pray against," from in- + precari, "to pray."

1. The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon someone.
2. A curse.

"After a while, he stopped hurling imprecations ... and, as he often did after such an outburst, became quite remorseful."

— Wayne Johnston, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

Thanks to Constant Comment for today's WOTD entry

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