malediction

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noun mal·e·dic·tion \ˌma-lə-ˈdik-shən\

Definition of malediction

  1. :  curse, execration I taunted him, ridiculed him, and loaded him with maledictions — Sir Walter Scott

maledictory

play \-ˈdik-t(ə-)rē\ adjective

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Examples of malediction in a Sentence

  1. the two old women began casting aspersions and heaping maledictions upon one another

Did You Know?

Malediction, which at one time could also refer to slander or to the condition of being reviled or slandered, derives (via Middle English and Late Latin) from the Latin verb maledicere, meaning "to speak evil of" or "to curse." "Maledicere," in turn, was formed by combining the Latin words male, meaning "badly," and "dicere," "to speak" or "to say." You may recognize both of those component parts, as each has made a significant contribution to the English language. "Male" is the ancestor of such words as "malady," "malevolent," and "malign"; "dicere" gives us "contradict," "dictate," "diction," "edict" and "prediction," just to name a few.

Origin and Etymology of malediction

Middle English malediccioun, from Late Latin malediction-, maledictio, from maledicere to curse, from Latin, to speak evil of, from male badly + dicere to speak, say — more at mal-, diction



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