Figure Name deprecatio
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Bullinger (1898) ("deprecatio; or, deprecation")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms deprecation, imprecation
Etymology None
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain

1. A praying against evil, against others, or oneself; a prayer for the removal of some evil. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. An Expression of Feeling by way of Deprecation... The figure is used in three senses:-
(1) A praying against evil, so as to avert or prevent its results: as when an Advocate pleads former good character, etc., on behalf of the accused person.
(2) When the speaker prays against others, that evil may fall upon them; or even against himself. This is properly IMPRECATION.
(3) When the ejaculatory prayer is for the prevention or removal of any evil generally. (Bullinger, 910)


1. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. —Matt 26:39 (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Ex. 32:32. -"Blot me, I pray, thee out of thy book." (Bullinger, 910)

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Related Figures euche, ara
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Last Editor Ioanna Malton
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