Malediction is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of malediction, followed by 28 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
EXAMPLES - Malediction in a Sentence
- He called down a malediction on the man that did it. (source)
- The preface concludes with the following malediction: (source)
- Yet the book is no "long and lofty malediction" either. (source)
- After a lengthy malediction, she finally ran out of words. (source)
- It seems that the malediction of Balaam was much to be feared. (source)
- Hamas is one of the names of the malediction of the Palestinian people. (source)
- Exclusion carefully rapped in the rodmontade of morality is malediction. (source)
- Was it a prayer or a malediction, a forecast or a memory, a fear or a regret? (source)
- My father has been so good as to take off the heavy malediction he laid me under. (source)
- But what shall I do, if my father cannot be prevailed upon to recall his malediction? (source)
- The alternative is not the malediction of the ivory tower, another destroyer of creativity. (source)
- My dearest, dearest creature, would you incur a maternal, as I have a paternal, malediction? (source)
- What follows is a deeply psychological ghost story of memory and malediction, loss and remorse. (source)
- Every woman within range of her lilting Yiddish malediction gasped and gave a mighty head-shake. (source)
- I had the distinct impression that the lady was dealing in observation, however, not malediction. (source)
- Naturally, there has been any amount of special pleading, to explain our fall, our malediction and our two-facedness. (source)
- All I have to hope for is, first, that my father will absolve me from his heavy malediction: and next, for a last blessing. (source)
- All she had to hope for was, that her father would revoke his malediction, previous to the last blessing she should then implore. (source)
- All these precautions certainly prove the opinion which then prevailed, that the malediction of a priest, whatever it was, drew fatal consequences after it. (source)
- Well, Flaubert said that 'honours dishonour' the writer, and Jean-Paul Sartre declined this particular honour, but whether as malediction or malady one cannot say. (source)
- His first published novel 'Abath al-Aqdar (1939), "Ironies of Fate", dealing with "the malediction of Ra", was followed by two other historical novels about ancient Egypt. (source)
- 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. (source)
- 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. (source)
- The tenants, therefore, were not actually turned out of doors among the snow-wreaths, and were allowed wherewith to procure butter-milk and peas-bannocks, which they ate under the full force of the original malediction. (source)
- 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." (source)
- Pray for your father, then, I repeat, that he incur not the malediction he has announced on you; since he has broken, as you see, a command truly divine; while you, by obeying that other precept which enjoins us to pray for them that persecute and curse us, will turn the curse into a blessing. (source)
- Tell him, that my guilt, in giving this man an opportunity to spirit me away from my tried, my experienced, my natural friends, (harshly as they treated me,) stares me every day more and more in the face; and still the more, as my fate seems to be drawing to a crisis, according to the malediction of my offended father! (source)
- A boy was born to them, but later, when a second child was about to be brought into the world, a great rain and flood came and washed away half of the garden, whereupon the woman cursed the rain, the result of her malediction being that when the child was born, it was only half a human being and had but one eye, one arm, and one leg. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 28 example sentences provided below is 52.0, which suggests that "malediction" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 21 synonyms for malediction.
anathema, commination, curse word, cuss, cuss word, damn, damnation, damning, darn, denunciation, dirty name, dirty word, execration, expletive, four-letter word, imprecation, jinx, no-no, oath, swear word, whammy
We have 1 antonym for malediction.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of malediction from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) The calling down of a curse.
- (noun) A curse.
- (noun) Slander.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A curse
- (noun) Evil speech
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A proclaiming of evil against some one; a cursing; imprecation; a curse or execration; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Evil speaking; a cursing; the utterance of a curse or execration; also, a curse.
- (noun) 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.
- (noun) the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)