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 for imprecate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Imprecate \Im"pre*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imprecated; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Imprecating.] [L. imprecatus, p. p. of
     imprecari to imprecate; pref. im- in, on + precari to pray.
     See Pray.]
     1. To call down by prayer, as something hurtful or
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              Imprecate the vengeance of Heaven on the guilty
              empire.                               --Mickle.
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     2. To invoke evil upon; to curse; to swear at.
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              In vain we blast the ministers of Fate,
              And the forlorn physicians imprecate. --Rochester.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: wish harm upon; invoke evil upon; "The bad witch cursed the
           child" [syn: curse, beshrew, damn, bedamn,
           anathemize, anathemise, imprecate, maledict] [ant:
      2: utter obscenities or profanities; "The drunken men were
         cursing loudly in the street" [syn: curse, cuss,
         blaspheme, swear, imprecate]

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