from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic A curse.
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- n. A curse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Malediction; curse; execration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A formal malediction; a special curse invoked or denounced; a form of words expressing a curse; a curse.
Middle English malisoun, from Old French maleiçon, from Latin maledictiō, maledictiōn-, from maledictus, past participle of maledīcere, to speak ill, curse; see maledict.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French malison, from Latin maledictiō, from the past participle stem of maledīcō ("I speak ill of"), from male ("wickedly, badly") + dīcō ("say, speak"). Compare malediction. (Wiktionary)