October 8th, 2019

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Tuesday word: Malediction

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

Malediction (noun)
mal·e·dic·tion [mal-i-dik-shuhn]


noun
1. a curse; imprecation.
2. the utterance of a curse.
3. slander.

RELATED FORMS
mal·e·dic·tive, mal·e·dic·to·ry [mal-i-dik-tuh-ree] , adjective
un·mal·e·dic·tive, adjective
un·mal·e·dic·to·ry, adjective

RELATED WORDS
cuss, execration, commination, expletive, imprecation, anathema, whammy, denunciation, damn, damnation, oath, jinx, darn, damning, no-no

Synonyms
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1. damning, execration.

Antonyms
1. benediction.

Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English malediccion < Latin malediction- (stem of maledictio ) slander ( Late Latin: curse). See male-, diction

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MALEDICTION
Old Stubbs calls the May-pole a "stinking idol," and says it was brought home with "great veneration," hence his malediction.
TRADITIONS, SUPERSTITIONS AND FOLK-LORE|CHARLES HARDWICK

Has any malediction of Heaven doomed them to perpetual vassalage?
ABRIDGEMENT OF THE DEBATES OF CONGRESS, FROM 1789 TO 1856 (4 OF 16 VOL.)|VARIOUS

They listened with the calm of people for whom anathema, reprobation, malediction, and execration were their daily bread.
THE MIRACLE OF THE GREAT ST. NICOLAS|ANATOLE FRANCE

It was not clear to Lyon whether this malediction had for its object the original or the painter of the portrait.
A LONDON LIFE; THE PATAGONIA; THE LIAR; MRS. TEMPERLY|HENRY JAMES

Horror, shame, misery, and malediction; I have betrayed you.
ROMANCE|JOSEPH CONRAD AND F.M. HUEFFER