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mălĕdīco (or separately, mălĕ dīco ;
I.rarely in reverse order: qui bonis dicunt male,Plaut. Bacch. 1, 2, 10; cf. id. Trin. 4, 2, 79), xi. ctum, 3, v. n. and a. [male-dico], to speak ill of, to abuse, revile, slander, asperse; constr. absol., or with a dat. (so class.) or acc. (post-Aug.).
(γ). With acc.: “si me amas, maledic illam,Petr. 96; v. id. 74.—
II. Esp., to curse, utter a curse upon (eccl. Lat.): “populo huic,Vulg. Num. 22, 6 al.—Hence,
A. mălĕdī-cens , entis, P. a., evil - speaking, foulmouthed, abusive, scurrilous (syn. maledi cus): “maledicentes homines,Plaut. Merc. 2, 3, 75.—Comp.: “maledicentior,Plaut. Merc. 1, 2, 31.—Sup.: “in maledicentissimā civitate,Cic. Fl. 3, 7: “carmina,Suet. Caes. 23; Nep. Alc. 11, 1.—
B. mălĕdictus , a, um, P. a., accursed (post-class. for exsecrabilis): “maledicte parricida,Spart. Get. 3, 3: “maledictus es inter omnia animantia,Vulg. Gen. 3, 14: omnes incesti, Mos. et Rom. Leg. Coll. 6, 7 praef.—Hence, as subst.: mălĕ-dictum , i, n., a foul or abusive word.
II. In partic., a curse, imprecation: “esse in maledictis jam antiquis strigem, convenit,Plin. 11, 39, 95, § 232: “scribere maledicta,Vulg. Num. 5, 23.—
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