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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

From the Latin imprecari, meaning to "invoke by prayer," an imprecation is a plea to a deity and, most often, a recited spell meant to curse. The term is seldom, if ever, used today, but it was used in many witch trials during the persecutions.


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A thousand other insults rained down upon him, and hoots and imprecations, and laughter, and now and then, stones.
Shrieks, imprecations, human life, dead bodies - all were engulfed in one terrific crash.
Growling the foulest imprecations, he crawled along the sand till he got hold of the porch and could hoist himself again upon his crutch.
Every blow was accompanied with terrible imprecations.
As to his voice, prayers, sobs, and imprecations had changed it so that at times it was of a singularly penetrating sweetness, and at others rough and almost hoarse.
Many of the men were making low-toned noises with their mouths, and these subdued cheers, snarls, imprecations, prayers, made a wild, bar- baric song that went as an undercurrent of sound, strange and chantlike with the resounding chords of the war march.
I feel sorry for the second category with disgust and imprecation.
The Donkey, Symbol of the Inauspicious in Indian Tradition To understand the rationale behind this blatant imprecation and imagery, we need to consider the association of the donkey in the Indian tradition with infertility, folly, destruction and inauspicious events.
the use of the imprecation "mala Pasqua a te," which, as Fedi demonstrates, could only have derived from Boccaccio's own ancestral tale of vengeance.
Where a child is born to a woman who is married to a man more than six qamariah months from the date of the marriage or within four qamariah years after dissolution of the marriage either by the death of the man or by divorce, the woman not having remarried, the nasab or paternity of the child is established in the man, but the man may, by way of li'an or imprecation, disavow or disclaim the child before the court.
You can find alternatives to Halbertal's philosophy, such as Haaretz columnist Carlos Stenger's imprecation that, "at a moment where a man who has also killed a number of French soldiers has murdered Jews, we must remember that bigotry, fanaticism, and extremism, of which neo-Nazism and Islamic Jihadism are two forms, are worldwide problems.
Rene Pape was also playing with dynamics, but the show-offiness worked well enough or Mephistopheles, and he seemed to be enjoying himself vastly The afternoons least equivocal contributions came from three Canadians: Michele Losier couldn't have been much better as Siebel, and Russell Braun (Valentin) delivered a handsome "Avant de quitter ces lieux" and an even handsomer death imprecation.