Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The calling down of a curse.
  • n. A curse.
  • n. Slander.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A curse
  • n. Evil speech

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A proclaiming of evil against some one; a cursing; imprecation; a curse or execration; -- opposed to benediction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Evil speaking; a cursing; the utterance of a curse or execration; also, a curse.
  • n. Synonyms Malediction, Curse, Imprecation, Execration, Anathema. All these are strong words; they are all presumably of the nature of prayers, malediction having the least of this meaning. Malediction in its derivation contains the idea that is common to them all, that of expressing a desire for evil upon another. Curse, imprecation, and execration are often used of the wanton calling down of evil upon those with whom one is angry, but all five may indicate a formal or official act. Execration expresses most of personal hatred; indeed, the word is sometimes used simply to express an intense and outspoken hatred: as, he was held in execration. Anathema has kept within its original limits, as expressing a curse pronounced formally by ecclesiastical authority.
  • n. In anc. eccles, law, a curse annexed to the donation of lands to churches or religious institutions against those who should violate their rights.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • But what shall I do, if my father cannot be prevailed upon to recall his malediction?

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • If any kind of malediction be justifiable, it is _male dicere maledicis_, — to speak evil to evil speakers, for “as he loved cursing, so let it come unto him as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.”

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  • Fortune did not whirl, but gay San Francisco dimmed and faded, and as the sun-bright snow turned black and blacker, he breathed his last malediction on the Chance he had misplayed.

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  • As he dies, the fatalist succumbs amid London's refrain: “Fortune did not whirl, but gay San Francisco dimmed and faded; and as the sun-bright snow turned blacker and blacker, he breathed his last malediction on the Chance he had misplayed.”

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  • Her gender has no bearing upon her (in) competence as great as shouldnt be partial of any malediction it usually lessens a effect of your perspective as great as creates we appear similar to an extremist.

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  • Yet the book is no "long and lofty malediction" either.

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  • Now La Perle faces the pistol, certain that "Chance would not desert him now," but Uri Bram's shot is true: "Fortune did not whirl, but gay San Francisco dimmed and faded, and as the sun-bright snow turned black and blacker, he breathed his last malediction on the chance he had misplayed."

    “Why this longing for life? It is a game which no man wins.”

  • It represented -- was -- the inner creature, the animal spirit, resident in all men, all women, triggered into life by a malediction or a wry blessing, by magic, or only at the madness of full moon.

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  •   Knowing Harry could not see La Donna from where he stood near the cash register, Borden laughed a laugh that was a malediction and said, “La Donna took them home with her, boss.”

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  • Thirdly, we have to cleanse the malediction that came from killings of our brothers and sisters.

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