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[mal-i-dik-shuh n] /ˌmæl ɪˈdɪk ʃən/
a curse; imprecation.
the utterance of a curse.
Origin of malediction
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English malediccion < Latin maledictiōn- (stem of maledictiō) slander (Late Latin: curse). See male-, diction
Related forms
maledictive, maledictory
[mal-i-dik-tuh-ree] /ˌmæl ɪˈdɪk tə ri/ (Show IPA),
unmaledictive, adjective
unmaledictory, adjective
1. damning, execration.
1. benediction. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for malediction
Historical Examples
  • The Juez is there, and I call the malediction of the priests on my head if you, too, are not doomed.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Horror, shame, misery, and malediction; I have betrayed you.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • It is the malediction of mortals to want what they lack until they get it, when they want it no more.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Jeff thought of Yuba Bill's malediction, and understood it as he gazed.

  • If only my malediction is needed for that, I bestow it upon him!

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • Human words were, for him, always a raillery or a malediction.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • The weaker man capitulated, with a malediction, to the stronger.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • Reproof and punishment greatly differ from cursing and malediction.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • The "evil" which they utter is not calumny, but malediction.

  • But his love for her had fallen upon her tender spirit like a malediction.

    Faces in the Fire Frank W. Boreham
British Dictionary definitions for malediction


the utterance of a curse against someone or something
slanderous accusation or comment
Derived Forms
maledictive, maledictory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin maledictiō a reviling, from male ill + dīcere to speak
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Word Origin and History for malediction

mid-15c., from Old French maledicion "a curse" (15c.), from Latin maledictionem (nominative maledictio) "the action of speaking evil of, slander," in Late Latin "a curse," noun of action from past participle stem of maledicere "to speak badly or evil of, slander," from male "badly" (see mal-) + dicere "to say" (see diction).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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