malediction

[ mal-i-dik-shuhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF malediction
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Horror, shame, misery, and malediction; I have betrayed you.

The Juez is there, and I call the malediction of the priests on my head if you, too, are not doomed.

It is the malediction of mortals to want what they lack until they get it, when they want it no more.

Jeff thought of Yuba Bill's malediction, and understood it as he gazed.

If only my malediction is needed for that, I bestow it upon him!

Human words were, for him, always a raillery or a malediction.

The weaker man capitulated, with a malediction, to the stronger.

Reproof and punishment greatly differ from cursing and malediction.

The "evil" which they utter is not calumny, but malediction.

But his love for her had fallen upon her tender spirit like a malediction.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., from Old French maledicion "a curse" (15c.), from Latin maledictionem (nominative maledictio) "the action of speaking evil of, slander," in Late Latin "a curse," noun of action from past participle stem of maledicere "to speak badly or evil of, slander," from male "badly" (see mal-) + dicere "to say" (see diction).

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