Definition of malediction in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmaləˈdikSHən/


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.’
curse, damnation, oath;
spell, hex, jinx
formal imprecation
literary anathema
archaic execration



Pronunciation: /-ˈdiktiv/
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.


Pronunciation: /-ˈdiktərē/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with malediction

addiction, affliction, benediction, constriction, conviction, crucifixion, depiction, dereliction, diction, eviction, fiction, friction, infliction, interdiction, jurisdiction, restriction, transfixion, valediction

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Syllabification: mal·e·dic·tion

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