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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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31, 2014 to predict how the centennial anniversary of the Armenian genocide would take place and how the malediction of our century-old failure to face the facts would continue.
LUGAL [I]h'U K[U.sub.6] SILA4=ya gipandanzi [much less than]On fait le rite sacrificiel zurki du dupgahi- de la malediction devant le fieuve, on fait le sacrifice avec un Poisson et un agneau pour les objets de la reineo Cette sequence rituelle est suivie d'une incantation reclamant la neutralisation du mal qui pourrait etre responsable de 1' impurete du cotrunanciitaire du rituel: la [much less than]mauvaise paroleo, la malediction, le parjure (pour redition du texte, voir R.
La Mort, cette Fee blanche--devenue, dans l'imaginaire populaire, la vielle dame, en apparence, victime de la mechancete, de la ruse et de la stupidite des mortels, qui veulent devenir immortels sans connaitre la malediction de l'immortalite--est donc une divinite primordiale dans la religion paysanne.
In the Christian tradition that Marlowe inherited, performative benediction and malediction adhered to a Catholic Church that claimed the privilege of bestowing them as a kind of ecclesiastical "magic" a privilege that came under attack during the Reformation.
il en sort des maledictions et des plaints, des chants extatiques, des blasphemes, des cris d'angoisse et de douleur.
En passant, we are also treated to a wonderful array of unexpected bits of information and discussions from Pope Leo X's near dissolution of the Conventual Franciscans in 1517, humanist maledictions of the dead, and debates on female spirituality to Saint Antoninus's condemnation of sailors as homines pessimi, blasphematores, discussions of the morality of fleeing or remaining during plagues, and comments on Angelo Poliziano's interest in the Psalter, just to give a tiny sampling from an encyclopedic collection of data and analyses.
Apres la messe, la predicatrice fut entouree par une foule de femmes qui la felicitaient d'avoir deliver un sermon"qui arrive a temps" tandis que les homes murmuraient a voix basse et proferaient des maledictions contre la predicatrice qui avait brise leurs egos.
Chesterton appears to be just tumbling about, as it were, rollicking, roaring, sometimes spluttering haft-articulate maledictions, sometimes bellowing resonant guffaws, always trusting to inspiration, and, for the most party, trusting in vain....