- a curse; imprecation.
- the utterance of a curse.
Origin of malediction
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Examples from the Web for malediction
Horror, shame, misery, and malediction; I have betrayed you.
The Juez is there, and I call the malediction of the priests on my head if you, too, are not doomed.
It is the malediction of mortals to want what they lack until they get it, when they want it no more.The Paliser case
Jeff thought of Yuba Bill's malediction, and understood it as he gazed.Jeff Briggs's Love Story
If only my malediction is needed for that, I bestow it upon him!Notre-Dame de Paris
- the utterance of a curse against someone or something
- slanderous accusation or comment
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).