“She trembled at the malediction that came from the creature’s mouth.”
According to what’s shown above, what is the best definition of malediction?
Malediction (noun) – an evil statement directed at someone; the utterance of a curse
Maledictory (adjective) – invoking evil, particularly in the form of a curse
Maledictive (adjective) – invoking evil, marked by cursing
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The Latin root male means “bad” or “evil” – it is the opposite of the Latin root bene, which means “good.” Some words derived from male include malevolent, which means mean-hearted and hateful, and malignant, which means caustic or deadly. Similarly, malediction literally means “evil diction,” or evil words, i.e. a curse or hateful statement. It is the opposite of benediction, which refers to the expression of good words, i.e. a blessing or prayer.
“With her dying breath, the evil queen pronounced a malediction upon all of her descendants.”
“Unlike the benedictions that characterized his youthful speeches, his later oratory was marked by slander and maledictions.”