malediction


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malediction

noun abusive speech, anathema, curse, damnation, defamation, denunciation, dirae, execration, foul language, fulmination, ill wishes, imprecation, invective, malison, obloquy, revilement, tongue-lashing, verbal abuse, verbal assault, verbal attack, vilification, vituperation
See also: aspersion, blasphemy, contempt, denunciation, disdain, expletive, imprecation, phillipic, profanity, revilement, vilification

MALEDICTION, Eccl. law. A curse which was anciently annexed to donations of lands made to churches and religious houses, against those who should violate their rights.

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The very devil would be in it in that case," said Sancho; and letting off thirty "ohs," and sixty sighs, and a hundred and twenty maledictions and execrations on whomsoever it was that had brought him there, he raised himself, stopping half-way bent like a Turkish bow without power to bring himself upright, but with all his pains he saddled his ass, who too had gone astray somewhat, yielding to the excessive licence of the day; he next raised up Rocinante, and as for him, had he possessed a tongue to complain with, most assuredly neither Sancho nor his master would have been behind him.
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.
The quiverings of incipient harmony were hushed, and the divine sat in speechless and almost terrified astonishment, while she undid the door, and stood up in the sacred desk from which his maledictions had just been thundered.
She echoed the maledictions that the occupants of the gallery showered on this individual when his lines compelled him to expose his extreme selfishness.
Its original owner, for whom it was made, was my great-grandfather, Bramwell Olcott Bartine, a wealthy planter of Colonial Virginia, and as stanch a Tory as ever lay awake nights contriving new kinds of maledictions for the head of Mr.
And I left him, muttering maledictions against his evil angel.
Thus "the unconscious" becomes a sort of underground prisoner, living in a dungeon, breaking in at long intervals upon our daylight respectability with dark groans and maledictions and strange atavistic lusts.
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.
Mais cette rente n'est pas toujours une opportunite exploitee a bon escient et ces richesses se transforment, dans certains cas, en veritable [beaucoup moins que] malediction [beaucoup plus grand que].
Celui ou les differences culturelles sont une chance et non pas une malediction.
Wholly Keynesian" was his malediction on the post-World War II monetary structure.
However, oppression is never permanent as the malediction of the oppressor is heard and answered by God.