from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic A curse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)



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  • From Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution

    March 6, 2011

  • Curse, malediction. (From WWFTD)

    Also a funny taunt for someone named Alison.

    June 7, 2008