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malediction

Syllabification: mal·e·dic·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌmaləˈdikSHən
 
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Definition of malediction in English:

noun

A magical word or phrase uttered with the intention of bringing about evil or destruction; a curse.
Example sentences
  • As Milton argues in A Defence of the People of England, kingship originates from the Fall, and kings issue ‘not from blessings but from curses [and] maledictions cast upon fallen mankind’ .
  • Mr Godfrey took the hint and sunk back in his seat, muttering maledictions under his breath.
  • By ‘curse’ he meant ‘a real malediction,’ a ‘calling down of evil on someone.’
Synonyms
curse, damnation, oath;
spell, hex, jinx
formal imprecation
literary anathema
archaic execration

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin maledictio(n-), from maledicere 'speak evil of'.

Derivatives

maledictive

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈdiktiv/
adjective
Example sentences
  • They all have some sort of maledictive parting shot.
  • Typically, a hereditary or maledictive were-king cobra will simply flee at the sound of such music, returning at a later time when its prey is unaware.
  • Although he is a maledictive lycanthrope, and his bite does not create progeny werebeasts, the weregorilla phenotype is included here.

maledictory

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈdiktərē/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The answer given to this is that Balaam's words objectively speaking, maledictory or otherwise, were of no effect.
  • Crumlin, in particular, made the most maledictory speeches then.
  • This is the maledictory circle within which Dick's beings move and from which they have to escape.

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