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malediction

[mal-i-dik-shuh n] /ˌmæl ɪˈdɪk ʃən/
noun
1.
a curse; imprecation.
2.
the utterance of a curse.
3.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English malediccion < Latin maledictiōn- (stem of maledictiō) slander (Late Latin: curse). See male-, diction
Related forms
maledictive, maledictory
[mal-i-dik-tuh-ree] /ˌmæl ɪˈdɪk tə ri/ (Show IPA),
adjective
unmaledictive, adjective
unmaledictory, adjective
Synonyms
1. damning, execration.
Antonyms
1. benediction.
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Examples from the web for malediction
  • They are defeated from the start by some nameless malediction.
  • But like the movie mummies who invoke the malediction, the legend of the mummy's curse seems destined never to die.
  • Fear and flattery then change votes into acclamation; deliberation ceases, and only worship or malediction is left.
  • It's not even a malediction to say so.
  • Patrick cleared the island of all “varmint” by his malediction.
British Dictionary definitions for malediction

malediction

/ˌmælɪˈdɪkʃən/
noun
1.
the utterance of a curse against someone or something
2.
slanderous accusation or comment
Derived Forms
maledictive, maledictory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin maledictiō a reviling, from male ill + dīcere to speak
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Word Origin and History for malediction
n.

mid-15c., from Old French maledicion "a curse" (15c.), from Latin maledictionem (nominative maledictio) "the action of speaking evil of, slander," in Late Latin "a curse," noun of action from past participle stem of maledicere "to speak badly or evil of, slander," from male "badly" (see mal-) + dicere "to say" (see diction).

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