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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Is he not twice and thrice wicked, and to be branded with malediction deeper still?

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • Jeff thought of Yuba Bill's malediction, and understood it as he gazed.

  • And if you be born, you shall be born in malediction: and if you die, in malediction shall be your portion.

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

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • He was often heard to utter a malediction against the law of heredity.

  • 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
  • malediction to the Mamelukes and good luck to the people of Egypt.

  • 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
  • Be it understood that these religionists live in Ireland and date their malediction from Coleraine.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Reproof and punishment greatly differ from cursing and malediction.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
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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