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[mal-uh-zuh n, -suh n]
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noun Archaic.
  1. a curse.
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Origin of malison

1200–50; Middle English maliso(u)n < Old French maleison < Latin maledictiōn- (stem of maledictiō) malediction
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Historical Examples

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

    Ballads of Scottish Tradition and Romance


  • 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

  • With eyes glistening like witch-fires, did the dame bestow her malison.

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

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for malison


  1. an archaic or poetic word for curse
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Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin maledictiō malediction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for malison


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

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