maledicta

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin maledicta, plural of maledictum (curse, insult)

Noun[edit]

maledicta (plural only)

  1. Profane language of all kinds.
    • 2007, Steven Pinker, The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature‎, page 340:
      We see this in the third commandment, in the popularity of hell, damn, God, and Jesus Christ, and in many of the terms for taboo language itself: profanity (that which is not sacred), blasphemy (literally "evil speech" but in practice disrespect toward a deity), and swearing, cursing, and oaths, which were originally secured by the invocation of a deity or one of his symbols, like the tabernacle, chalice, and wafer incongruously found in Catholic maledicta.

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

maledicta

  1. nominative plural of maledictum
  2. accusative plural of maledictum
  3. vocative plural of maledictum