call down

verb
1. summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
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raise the specter of unemployment

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he conjured wild birds in the air

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call down the spirits from the mountain

Syn:
raise, ↑conjure, ↑conjure up, ↑invoke, ↑evoke, ↑stir, ↑arouse, ↑bring up, ↑put forward, ↑call forth
Derivationally related forms:
evocation (for: ↑evoke), ↑invocation (for: ↑invoke), ↑conjurer (for: ↑conjure), ↑conjuration (for: ↑conjure), ↑conjuror (for: ↑conjure), ↑conjury (for: ↑conjure), ↑conjuring (for: ↑conjure)
Hypernyms: ↑make, ↑create
Hyponyms:
curse, ↑beshrew, ↑damn, ↑bedamn, ↑anathemize, ↑anathemise, ↑imprecate, ↑maledict, ↑bless
Verb Group: ↑provoke, ↑evoke, ↑call forth, ↑kick up
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

2. censure severely or angrily
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The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car

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The deputy ragged the Prime Minister

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The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup

Syn:
Derivationally related forms:
chiding (for: ↑chide), ↑scolder (for: ↑scold), ↑scolding (for: ↑scold), ↑reprimand (for: ↑reprimand), ↑lecture (for: ↑lecture), ↑reproof (for: ↑reproof), ↑rebuker (for: ↑rebuke), ↑rebuke (for: ↑rebuke)
Hypernyms: ↑knock, ↑criticize, ↑criticise, ↑pick apart
Hyponyms:
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Somebody ——s PP

(for: ↑have words)
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Somebody ——s PP

(for: ↑remonstrate)
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Somebody ——s PP

(for: ↑jaw)

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transitive verb
1. : to cause or entreat to descend : bring or draw down : invoke

call down a blessing on the crops

call down upon himself the displeasure of the village

2. : to reprimand or scold for an offense

she called me down for coming in late

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call down
1. To invoke
2. To rebuke, reprove sharply and angrily (esp US informal)
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Main Entry:call

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ˌcall ˈdown [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they call down he/she/it calls down present participle calling down past tense called down past participle called down] literary phrasal verb
to pray for something bad to happen to someone
Thesaurus: christian ceremonies, services, prayers and practiceshyponym
Main entry: call

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call down [phrasal verb]
call down (something) or call (something) down literary : to pray or ask God to do something to someone

He called down a blessing/curse on the king. [=he prayed that the king would be blessed/cursed]

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Main Entry:call

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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