[ mal-i-dik-shuhn ]
/ ˌmæl ɪˈdɪk ʃən /


a curse; imprecation.
the utterance of a curse.

Origin of malediction

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

Related forms

mal·e·dic·tive, mal·e·dic·to·ry [mal-i-dik-tuh-ree] /ˌmæl ɪˈdɪk tə ri/, adjectiveun·mal·e·dic·tive, adjectiveun·mal·e·dic·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for malediction


/ (ˌmælɪˈdɪkʃən) /


the utterance of a curse against someone or something
slanderous accusation or comment

Derived Forms

maledictive or maledictory, adjective

Word Origin for malediction

C15: from Latin maledictiō a reviling, from male ill + dīcere to speak
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