malison

noun
mal·i·son | \ˈma-lə-sən, -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."

Examples of malison in a Sentence

muttered terrible malisons against her child's murderers

First Known Use of malison

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for malison

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

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

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