Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The calling down of a curse.
  • noun A curse.
  • noun Slander.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In anc. eccles, law, a curse annexed to the donation of lands to churches or religious institutions against those who should violate their rights.
  • noun Evil speaking; a cursing; the utterance of a curse or execration; also, a curse.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A proclaiming of evil against some one; a cursing; imprecation; a curse or execration; -- opposed to benediction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A curse
  • noun Evil speech

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)

Etymologies

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From Latin maledictio ("curse") from malus ("evil") + dictio ("speech") noun of action from perfect passive participle dictus ("spoken"), from verb dico ("speak").

Examples

  • But what shall I do, if my father cannot be prevailed upon to recall his malediction?

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  • But what shall I do, if my father cannot be prevailed upon to recall his malediction?

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  • If any kind of malediction be justifiable, it is _male dicere maledicis_, — to speak evil to evil speakers, for “as he loved cursing, so let it come unto him as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.”

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  • Fortune did not whirl, but gay San Francisco dimmed and faded, and as the sun-bright snow turned black and blacker, he breathed his last malediction on the Chance he had misplayed.

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  • As he dies, the fatalist succumbs amid London's refrain: “Fortune did not whirl, but gay San Francisco dimmed and faded; and as the sun-bright snow turned blacker and blacker, he breathed his last malediction on the Chance he had misplayed.”

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  • Her gender has no bearing upon her (in) competence as great as shouldnt be partial of any malediction it usually lessens a effect of your perspective as great as creates we appear similar to an extremist.

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  • Her gender has no bearing upon her (in) competence as great as shouldnt be partial of any malediction it usually lessens a effect of your perspective as great as creates we appear similar to an extremist.

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  • Yet the book is no "long and lofty malediction" either.

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  • Now La Perle faces the pistol, certain that "Chance would not desert him now," but Uri Bram's shot is true: "Fortune did not whirl, but gay San Francisco dimmed and faded, and as the sun-bright snow turned black and blacker, he breathed his last malediction on the chance he had misplayed."

    “Why this longing for life? It is a game which no man wins.”

  • It represented -- was -- the inner creature, the animal spirit, resident in all men, all women, triggered into life by a malediction or a wry blessing, by magic, or only at the madness of full moon.

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  • to wish evil upon another

    August 1, 2009

  • male(bad) + diction(to speak about some thing ) ---> curse/slander

    July 29, 2012