A Word A Day : Malediction
Friday, 18th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Noun )
Pronunciation : màlle-dík-shen
1. The calling down of a curse
2. Slander or evil talk about somebody
3. A denunciation invoking a wish or threat of evil or injury
14th century - Latin malediction - maledicere - speak ill of - dicere - speak
anathema, curse, damnation, execration, imprecation.
• A malediction
was pronounced against the town and ever since there has been no fresh water there.
• I have reason to know that a local friend of ours (on whom I beg to bestow a passing but a hearty malediction
, with the kind permission of my reverend friend) sneaks to and fro, and dodges up and down.
• He searched about in his mind for an ade- quate malediction
for the indefinite cause, the thing upon which men turn the words of final blame.
• There Justice Minister Bola Ige, confronted with the general incivility of local police, placed a malediction
on the cads. Said the Hon. Bola Ige, "I pray that God will make big holes in their pockets."
• A conspiracy of infamy so black that, when it is finally exposed, its principals shall be forever deserving of the maledictions
of all honest men.
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