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Definition: one who is addicted to speaking evil, slanderous.

Pronunciation: MAL-e-di-cent


Maledicent comes to the English language directly from the Latin maledicere, meaning to insult. The Latin male means badly and the verb dicere is to speak.

Why this word?

Some people can’t say good things. It’s not their fault and it’s not that they don’t want to. They just can’t. Whatever the do, wherever they go, whatever they see, smell or hear- everything to them is negative.

I am referring to those who will say that the chairs were utterly uncomfortable after watching an amazing new release at the movies; those who’d say that the nice waiters were absolutely obnoxious after eating in a 4 star Michelin restaurant.

A few books ago, I would have said that I see no reason to have this sort of people in your life; with all those waves of negativity- drowning is the only option. But I changed my mind. You need to keep them close, show them the validity of your way rather than theirs. All they want is a hug; if you’re strong enough to provide it- everyone will benefit.

How to use the word maledicent in a sentence?

Maledicent is an adjective, describing one who only speaks negatives and evils.

“Working with David is absolutely impossible; he is maledicent to terrible extents. He never accepts anything we say, sees the dark side of things and really holds back our team’s progress”.


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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