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malediction


Her malediction of all bureaucracy.
  the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
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Word Prefix:  Note that "mal" often means "bad".
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  • Her malediction of all bureaucracy.
  • And I left him, muttering maledictions against his evil angel.
    Bronte, Anne  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • said Suzanne, giving a tone of prophetic malediction to the words.
    de Balzac, Honore  --  An Old Maid
  • menaces and maledictions against king and nobles
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Lear

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  • menaces and maledictions against king and nobles
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • She was pointing at Ron in dire accusation: It was like a malediction, and Harry could not blame Ron for retreating several steps.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • A classical face-to-face rape, however repellent, would at least permit the small gratification of knowing your assailant’s features, of making him know that you knew, quite aside from the chance it presented, through a grimace or a hot level stare or even tears, of registering something: hatred, fright, malediction, disgust, possibly just derision.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The long, barbed steel goblets were lifted; and to cries and maledictions against the white whale, the spirits were simultaneously quaffed down with a hiss.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • All those benedictions will fall back before they reach heaven, and only the malediction will ascend to God.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He searched about in his mind for an adequate malediction for the indefinite cause, the thing upon which men turn the words of final blame.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage

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  • Being much less cool-headed than Mr. Fogg, he was much more restless, counting and recounting the days passed over, uttering maledictions when the train stopped, and accusing it of sluggishness, and mentally blaming Mr. Fogg for not having bribed the engineer.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Away, run, haste, speed! lest the fire of my wrath burn itself out with delay, and the righteous vengeance that I hope for melt away in menaces and maledictions.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • As they passed out of the gate, the captain turned back, and pronounced a malediction on the house.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • If only my malediction is needed for that, I bestow it upon him! and his cathedral, and his mills!
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Treebeard rumbled for a moment, as if he were pronouncing some deep, subterranean Entish malediction.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • He telleth it always in the third person, making believe he is too modest to glorify himself—maledictions light upon him, misfortune be his dole!
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • He was walking with great strides along by the wall, near the espalier, and he ground his teeth; he raised to heaven looks of malediction, but not so much as a leaf stirred.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • There, far away in the environs of a monastery, you might have seen a procession of angry monks making a barefoot march round their foundation—but they might have been walking against the sun, in malediction, because they had fallen out with the abbot.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • On George’s intercourse with Amelia he put an instant veto—menacing the youth with maledictions if he broke his commands, and vilipending the poor innocent girl as the basest and most artful of vixens.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The indigestion seemed betokened in an occasional nervous testiness and grinning irritability, causing the teeth to audibly grind together over mistakes committed in copying; unnecessary maledictions, hissed, rather than spoken, in the heat of business; and especially by a continual discontent with the height of the table where he worked.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • They dug up the front yard for buried maledictions but found nothing.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • He caught up the empty pewter mug at his right and threw it at the clumsy lad with a malediction.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • For every man who tried to rub her head, there were three who muttered maledictions under their breath when she went by.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • He had been taken unawares—and he whispered to himself a malediction upon the waters and the firmament, upon the ship, upon the men.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • And I was thrown into a haunted universe where the story of the human adventure seemed to swing irrevocably between horror and malediction.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • I talked straight through the night, and he silently took my confessions, maledictions, as though he were some font of blessing at which I might leave a final belated tithe.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • PART II A Propos of the Wet Snow When from dark error’s subjugation My words of passionate exhortation Had wrenched thy fainting spirit free; And writhing prone in thine affliction Thou didst recall with malediction The vice that had encompassed thee: And when thy slumbering conscience, fretting By recollection’s torturing flame, Thou didst reveal the hideous setting Of thy life’s current ere I came: When suddenly I saw thee sicken, And weeping, hide thine anguished face, Revolted,…
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • The scenes depicted on the emunctory field, showing our ancient duns and raths and cromlechs and grianauns and seats of learning and maledictive stones, are as wonderfully beautiful and the pigments as delicate as when the Sligo illuminators gave free rein to their artistic fantasy long long ago in the time of the Barmecides.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He invaded the turmoil and tumble of the down-town streets and learned to breathe maledictory defiance at the police who occasionally used to climb up, drag him from his perch and beat him.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • The first part of this speech comprised his whole store of maledictory expression, and was uttered with a slight snarl easy to imagine.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Five minutes afterwards the piano resounded to the touch of Mademoiselle d’Armilly’s fingers, and Mademoiselle Danglars was singing Brabantio’s malediction on Desdemona.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "Malediction!" he cried as he fell, and remained as though dead, with his face to the earth.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Human words were, for him, always a raillery or a malediction.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "Maledictions!" said the captain, and fell.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • She echoed the maledictions that the occupants of the gallery showered on this individual when his lines compelled him to expose his extreme selfishness.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Would you turn their distress into a malediction?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Passepartout shook it, but with no perceptible effect; for neither shaking nor maledictions could prevail upon it to change its mind.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • But the predestinated mate coming still closer to him, where the Lakeman stood fixed, now shook the heavy hammer within an inch of his teeth; meanwhile repeating a string of insufferable maledictions.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But still the disappointed father held a strong lever; and Fred felt as if he were being banished with a malediction.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • On this the pair once more lifted up their voices and renewed their maledictions upon the books of chivalry, and implored heaven to plunge the authors of such lies and nonsense into the midst of the bottomless pit.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It was piteous to hear the cries the two good ladies raised, how they beat their breasts and poured out fresh maledictions on those accursed books of chivalry; all which was renewed when they saw Don Quixote coming in at the gate.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Here only one sound was audible, a sound as heart-rending as the death rattle, as menacing as a malediction, the tocsin of Saint-Merry.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Malediction!" exclaimed Dom Claude.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • With a little trouble we made out to examine the papers without Bartleby, though at every page or two, Turkey deferentially dropped his opinion that this proceeding was quite out of the common; while Nippers, twitching in his chair with a dyspeptic nervousness, ground out between his set teeth occasional hissing maledictions against the stubborn oaf behind the screen.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Maledictions!
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I also, for the first time, felt a touch of warm rage churning in the region of my abdomen; it was a slow conglomerate anger, directed in equal parts at Nathan’s hateful and dictatorial manner, his foul treatment of Sophie and (I could scarcely believe my own reflex now) his gruesome malediction against Bilbo.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was the collaboration of the pavement, the block of stone, the beam, the bar of iron, the rag, the scrap, the broken pane, the unseated chair, the cabbage-stalk, the tatter, the rag, and the malediction.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Then she aroused from the depression into which she had fallen during the last few moments, cried out, and as she spoke, her voice now rent the ear like a saw, then stammered as though all kind of maledictions were pressing to her lips to burst forth at once.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He tried to climb from his horse on to the top of the wall, but he was so bruised and battered that he could not even dismount; and so from the back of his horse he began to utter such maledictions and objurgations against those who were blanketing Sancho as it would be impossible to write down accurately: they, however, did not stay their laughter or their work for this, nor did the flying Sancho cease his lamentations, mingled now with threats, now with entreaties but all to little…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …it for me, mounted without bidding him farewell, and rode out of the city, like another Lot, not daring to turn my head to look back upon it; and when I found myself alone in the open country, screened by the darkness of the night, and tempted by the stillness to give vent to my grief without apprehension or fear of being heard or seen, then I broke silence and lifted up my voice in maledictions upon Luscinda and Don Fernando, as if I could thus avenge the wrong they had done me.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
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Associated words [difficulty]:   malediction [6] , malicious [1] , malevolent [2] , malignant [2] , malady [3] , malign [4] , malinger [5] , malaise [6] , malfeasance [6] , malpractice [6] , malodorous [7] , malcontent [8] , malefactor [8] , maladroit [9]
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