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Meaning of MALEDICTION

Pronunciation:  `mali'dikshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult); "he suffered the imprecations of the mob"
 

MALEDICTION is a 11 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: imprecation
 
 See Also: condemnation, curse, execration

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

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

 

 

 

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