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

Synonyms for malediction

Antonyms for malediction Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maledictory

Historical Examples of maledictory

  • And all the while maledictory shouts and cries are heard on all hands.

  • They both obeyed; the miner with maledictory reluctance, and Jeffard in a tremulous frenzy of wrath.

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • Not one of the spectators of the scene referred to was in reality amazed—not one contemptuous, not one maledictory.

  • After that, the performer instantly departs with maledictory expressions, and is never heard of more.

    Reprinted Pieces

    Charles Dickens

  • Kenny charged them with a look of indignation and shooed them to retreat in maledictory Italian.


    Leona Dalrymple

British Dictionary definitions for maledictory



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 maledictory

1822, from Latin maledictus (from maledicere; see malediction) + -ory.



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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