malediction

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

noun

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 formsmal·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
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British Dictionary definitions for malediction

malediction

/ (ˌmælɪˈdɪkʃən) /

noun

the utterance of a curse against someone or something
slanderous accusation or comment
Derived Formsmaledictive or maledictory, adjective

Word Origin for malediction

C15: from Latin maledictiō a reviling, from male ill + dīcere to speak
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Word Origin and History for malediction

malediction


n.

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).

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