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malediction

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Definition the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
  • Her malediction of all bureaucracy.
malediction = the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
  • 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
  • menaces and maledictions against king and nobles
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • maledictions = curses or insults
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Treebeard rumbled for a moment, as if he were pronouncing some deep, subterranean Entish malediction.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • All those benedictions will fall back before they reach heaven, and only the malediction will ascend to God.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They dug up the front yard for buried maledictions but found nothing.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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