malison

noun

mal·​i·​son ˈma-lə-sən How to pronounce malison (audio)
-zən

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Malison is still hanging on after being around for eight centuries, but it appears to have suffered the curse of time. Though "malison" still sees occasional use, it is no longer as common as it was in days of yore. Rather, it has been largely supplanted by its younger cousin "malediction." "Malison" and "malediction" are both descendants of the Late Latin word maledictio, itself from maledicere, meaning "to curse." "Maledicere" in turn traces back to Latin male, meaning "badly," and dicere, meaning "to speak or say."

Example Sentences

muttered terrible malisons against the people trying to seize her family's property

Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French maleiçun, from Late Latin malediction-, maledictio

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of malison was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Malison.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malison. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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