from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The calling down of a curse.
- n. A curse.
- n. Slander.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A curse
- n. Evil speech
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A proclaiming of evil against some one; a cursing; imprecation; a curse or execration; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Evil speaking; a cursing; the utterance of a curse or execration; also, a curse.
- n. Synonyms Malediction, Curse, Imprecation, Execration, Anathema. All these are strong words; they are all presumably of the nature of prayers, malediction having the least of this meaning. Malediction in its derivation contains the idea that is common to them all, that of expressing a desire for evil upon another. Curse, imprecation, and execration are often used of the wanton calling down of evil upon those with whom one is angry, but all five may indicate a formal or official act. Execration expresses most of personal hatred; indeed, the word is sometimes used simply to express an intense and outspoken hatred: as, he was held in execration. Anathema has kept within its original limits, as expressing a curse pronounced formally by ecclesiastical authority.
- n. In anc. eccles, law, a curse annexed to the donation of lands to churches or religious institutions against those who should violate their rights.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
From Latin maledictio ("curse") from malus ("evil") + dictio ("speech") noun of action from perfect passive participle dictus ("spoken"), from verb dico ("speak"). (Wiktionary)