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malediction

Definition:

the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Related to:

maledict

Plural:

maledictions

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

imprecation

Etymology:

Old French maledicion, from Latin maledictionem (nominative maledictio) "the...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

malediction | maledictive [derived] | maledictory [adjective, derived]

the utterance of a curse against someone or something | slanderous accusation or comment (13 of 305 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/malediction

Wikipedia:

Malediction [disambiguation]

any expressed wish that some form of adversity or unhappiness will befall another person or persons, a magical phrase or word ... | Malediction (shortened to MaL), a weapon in the MMORPG Neocron (32 of 104 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Malediction

Merriam-Webster:

malediction | curse [synonym] | execration [synonym] | anathema [synonym] | ban [synonym] | imprecation [synonym] | malison [synonym] | winze [Scottish, synonym] | maledictory [adjective, related]

"curse", "execration" (2 of 100 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/malediction

Oxford Dictionary:

malediction | maledictive [derived] | maledictory [derived]

a magical word or phrase uttered with the intention of bringing about evil; a curse (15 of 59 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/malediction

New World Dictionary:

malediction | maledictory [adjective, related]

a calling down of evil on someone; curse | evil talk about someone; slander (13 of 35 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malediction

Random House Dictionary:

malediction | slander [synonym, sense-specific]

a curse; imprecation. | the utterance of a curse. | slander (9 of 17 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/malediction

American Heritage Dictionary:

malediction | maledictory [adjective, related]

The calling down of a curse. | A curse. | Slander. (9 of 15 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malediction

Wiktionary:

malediction | maledictions [plural]

A curse | Evil speech (4 of 5 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/malediction

Macmillan British Dictionary:

imprecation [countable, formal] | imprecations [plural]

an offensive word that you say when you are angry | a curse (12 of 38 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/imprecation

Cambridge Dictionary:

imprecation [formal]

a swear word (3 of 17 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/imprecation

Britannica Encyclopedia:

eminent domain [law] | condemnation [synonym] | expropriation [synonym]

power of government to take private property for public use without the owner's consent. Constitutional provisions in most countries require the ... (21 of 470 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/185870​/eminent-domain

Encarta Dictionary:

malediction | maledictions [plural]

a curse | slander or evil talk about somebody (8 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861627998​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

malediction

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: Old French maledicion, from Latin maledictionem (nominative maledictio) "the action of speaking evil of, slander", in Late Latin ... (20 of 41 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=malediction

Merriam-Webster:

malediction

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English malediccioun, from Late Latin malediction-, maledictio, from maledicere to curse, from Latin, to speak evil ... (19 of 28 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/malediction

Wiktionary:

malediction | maledictions [plural]

Origin: Latin maledictio ("curse") from malus ("evil") + dictio ("speech") noun of action from perfect passive participle dictus ("spoken"), from verb dico ("speak").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/malediction

New World Dictionary:

malediction

Origin: Middle English malediccioun from Old French malediction from ecclesiastical Late Latin maledictio from Latin, abuse, reviling: ... (16 of 20 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malediction

Collins Dictionary:

malediction

First use: 15th century

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

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/malediction

Oxford Dictionary:

malediction

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin maledictio(n-), from maledicere "speak evil of"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/malediction

Encarta Dictionary:

malediction | maledictions [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin malediction- from maledicere "speak ill of" from dicere "speak"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861627998​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

malediction

Audio: British English pronunciation of "malediction"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/malediction

Macmillan American Dictionary:

malediction [countable, formal] | maledictions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "malediction"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/malediction

the Free Dictionary:

malediction

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "malediction"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "malediction" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/malediction

Google Dictionary:

malediction | maledictions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "malediction"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=malediction

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

malediction

Audio: North American pronunciation of "malediction"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=maledi​02 word=malediction

YourDictionary Audio:

malediction

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "malediction" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malediction

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