Sunday, November 08, 2015

Word of the day: imprecate

The word of the day is imprecate:

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

"Worried Mexican officials informed the monarchy in 1602 that the galleons that year had exported almost four hundred tons of silver—eight times the declared amount.  Furious imprecations from Madrid changed nothing; smuggling was too lucrative."

 - Charles Mann, 1492: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

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