malediction definition

  • noun:
    • The calling down of a curse.
    • A curse.
    • Slander.
    • A curse
    • bad speech
    • A proclaiming of evil against some body; a cursing; imprecation; a curse or execration; -- opposed to benediction.
    • Evil talking; a cursing; the utterance of a curse or execration; in addition, a curse.
    • Synonyms Malediction, Curse, Imprecation, Execration, Anathema. All those tend to be strong terms; they are all presumably associated with nature of prayers, malediction obtaining the minimum with this definition. Malediction in its derivation offers the idea that is common to them all, that expressing a desire for evil upon another. Curse, imprecation, and execration are often used of wanton calling-down of evil upon those with whom you're angry, but all five may indicate an official or formal act. Execration conveys nearly all of individual hatred; indeed, the term might be used only to express a powerful and outspoken hatred: since, he had been held in execration. Anathema features kept within its initial limitations, as revealing a curse pronounced formally by ecclesiastical authority.
    • In anc. eccles, legislation, a curse annexed towards donation of lands to churches or religious establishments against those who should break their particular liberties.
    • the act of calling down a curse that invokes wicked (and often functions as an insult)

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