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[mal-uh-zuh n, -suh n] /ˈmæl ə zən, -sən/
noun, Archaic.
a curse.
Origin of malison
1200-50; Middle English maliso(u)n < Old French maleison < Latin maledictiōn- (stem of maledictiō) malediction Unabridged
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  • With eyes glistening like witch-fires, did the dame bestow her malison.

  • The mother puts her malison, or curse, upon him, but he rides off.

  • The malison strings itself out into broken sentences of justification; mere ravings, as pointless as the curse.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • So at last he made up his mind to take the whole of it, even if he had to bear his mother's malison.

    The Scottish Fairy Book Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • The malison of heaven will go along with every part of it that is not restored to its rightful owners.

    A Legend of Reading Abbey Charles MacFarlane
  • My malison upon the false Normans who have separated me from my good steed at a time when I most need his aid.

  • Either to take the half of it with her blessing, or the whole of it with her malison.

    The Scottish Fairy Book Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • So he spake in malison, and darkness p. 124veiled her eyes, and there the sacred strength of the sun did waste her quite away.

    The Homeric Hymns Andrew Lang
  • Or else they may dread the malison that all men have who will not do them, when they had goods to do them with.

  • So he was in luck; but he had yet to learn that a mother's malison is sure to bring misfortune some time or another.

    English Fairy Tales Flora Annie Steel
British Dictionary definitions for malison


/ˈmælɪzən; -sən/
an archaic or poetic word for curse
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin maledictiōmalediction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for malison

"a curse," mid-13c., from Old French maleiçon "curse," from Latin maledictionem (see malediction).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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