malison

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French malison, from Latin maledictiō, from the past participle stem of maledīcō (I speak ill of), from male (wickedly, badly) + dīcō (say, speak). Compare malediction.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmælɪzən/, /ˈmælɪsən/

Noun[edit]

malison (plural malisons)

  1. (obsolete) A curse, a malediction.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      A hide of land I give to thee in my steads of Walbrugham, from me and mine to thee and thine aye and for ever; and God’s malison on his head who this gainsays!
    • 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
      Rascality male and female is prowling in view of him. His fasting stomach is, with good cause, sour; he perhaps cannot forbear a passing malison on them; least of all can he forbear answering such.

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