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malediction

[ mal-i-dik-shuhn ]
/ ˌmæl ɪˈdɪk ʃən /
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noun
a curse; imprecation.
the utterance of a curse.
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Origin of malediction

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

OTHER WORDS FROM malediction

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
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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 forms of malediction

maledictive or maledictory, adjective

Word Origin for malediction

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