malediction


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mal·e·dic·tion

 (măl′ĭ-dĭk′shən)
n.
1.
a. The calling down of a curse.
b. A curse.
2. Slander.

mal′e·dic′to·ry (-dĭk′tə-rē) adj.

malediction

(ˌmælɪˈdɪkʃən)
n
1. the utterance of a curse against someone or something
2. slanderous accusation or comment
[C15: from Latin maledictiō a reviling, from male ill + dīcere to speak]
ˌmaleˈdictive, ˌmaleˈdictory adj

mal•e•dic•tion

(ˌmæl ɪˈdɪk ʃən)

n.
a curse; imprecation.
[1400–50]
mal`e•dic′tive, mal`e•dic′to•ry (-tə ri) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.malediction - the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)malediction - the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult); "he suffered the imprecations of the mob"
curse, execration, condemnation - an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group

malediction

noun
A denunciation invoking a wish or threat of evil or injury:
Archaic: malison.
Translations

malediction

[ˌmælɪˈdɪkʃən] Nmaldición f

malediction

nFluch m, → Verwünschung f
References in classic literature ?
In economics all roads lead to Socialism, although in nine cases out of ten, so far, the economist doesn't recognize his destination, and incurs the malediction pronounced by Jeremiah on those who justify the wicked for reward.
said Suzanne, giving a tone of prophetic malediction to the words.
When from dark error's subjugation My words of passionate exhortation Had wrenched thy fainting spirit free; And writhing prone in thine affliction Thou didst recall with malediction The vice that had encompassed thee: And when thy slumbering conscience, fretting By recollection's torturing flame, Thou didst reveal the hideous setting Of thy life's current ere I came: When suddenly I saw thee sicken, And weeping, hide thine anguished face, Revolted, maddened, horror-stricken, At memories of foul disgrace.
And, whatever people may say," continued Caderousse, in his native language, which was not altogether devoid of rude poetry, "I cannot help being more frightened at the idea of the malediction of the dead than the hatred of the living.
He searched about in his mind for an ade- quate malediction for the indefinite cause, the thing upon which men turn the words of final blame.
More than eight hundred miles of hard travelling, and many weary days, had it cost them; and the sufferings connected with it rendered it hateful in their remembrance, so that the Canadian voyageurs always spoke of it as "La maudite riviere enragee" - the accursed mad river - thus coupling a malediction with its name.
If only my malediction is needed for that, I bestow it upon him
But still the disappointed father held a strong lever; and Fred felt as if he were being banished with a malediction.
I have not enumerated half the vexatious propensities of my pupils, or half the troubles resulting from my heavy responsibilities, for fear of trespassing too much upon the reader's patience; as, perhaps, I have already done; but my design in writing the few last pages was not to amuse, but to benefit those whom it might concern; he that has no interest in such matters will doubtless have skipped them over with a cursory glance, and, perhaps, a malediction against the prolixity of the writer; but if a parent has, therefrom, gathered any useful hint, or an unfortunate governess received thereby the slightest benefit, I am well rewarded for my pains.
I have reason to know that a local friend of ours (on whom I beg to bestow a passing but a hearty malediction, with the kind permission of my reverend friend) sneaks to and fro, and dodges up and down.
The long, barbed steel goblets were lifted; and to cries and maledictions against the white whale, the spirits were simultaneously quaffed down with a hiss.
He telleth it always in the third person, making believe he is too modest to glorify himself -- maledictions light upon him, misfortune be his dole