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Malediction definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MALEDIC'TION, n. [L. maledictio; male, evil, and dico, to speak.]
Evil speaking; denunciation of evil; a cursing; curse or execration.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult); "he suffered the imprecations of the mob" [syn: imprecation, malediction]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English malediccioun, from Late Latin malediction-, maledictio, from maledicere to curse, from Latin, to speak evil of, from male badly + dicere to speak, say more at mal-, diction Date: 14th century curse, execration maledictory adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a curse. 2 the utterance of a curse. Derivatives: maledictive adj. maledictory adj. Etymology: ME f. L maledictio f. maledicere speak evil of f. male ill + dicere dict- speak

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Malediction Mal`e*dic"tion, n. [L. maledictio: cf. F. mal['e]diction. See Maledicent.] A proclaiming of evil against some one; a cursing; imprecation; a curse or execration; -- opposed to benediction. No malediction falls from his tongue. --Longfellow. Syn: Cursing; curse; execration; imprecation; denunciation; anathema. Usage: Malediction, Curse, Imprecation, Execration. Malediction is the most general term, denoting bitter reproach, or wishes and predictions of evil. Curse implies the desire or threat of evil, declared upon oath or in the most solemn manner. Imprecation is literally the praying down of evil upon a person. Execration is literally a putting under the ban of excommunication, a curse which excludes from the kingdom of God. In ordinary usage, the last three words describe profane swearing, execration being the strongest.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Curse, cursing, denunciation, execration, imprecation, anathema, ban.

Moby Thesaurus

anathema, ban, blasphemy, commination, curse, damnation, denunciation, evil eye, excommunication, execration, fulmination, hex, imprecation, malison, malocchio, proscription, thundering, whammy




 


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