maleficium, n. : Oxford English Dictionary

Faust, by RembrandtAnd today’s OED Word-of-the-Day, in honor (or honour!) of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:

maleficium, n. : Oxford English Dictionary. (Plural maleficia.)

The OED informs us the English “maleficium” comes from the classical Latin, maleficium, meaning evil deed, injury, sorcery.

The first definition offered for the English “maleficium” is: “An act of witchcraft performed with the intention of causing damage or injury; the resultant harm; (also) the power of Satan (rare). Now hist.”

Definition 1.b. is: “A potion or poison, used esp. in witchcraft.”

There are some great examples of the use of maleficium over the years. Drop by the OED in the next day or so to see the full entry.

In the meantime avoid any Death Eaters or other perpetrators of maleficia!

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4 responses to “maleficium, n. : Oxford English Dictionary

  1. That’s a word I wasn’t familiar with! Thanks for sharing it; learning new words is always a pleasure to me. 🙂

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  3. First off I would like to say great blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind prior to writing. I have had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there. I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Kudos!

    • Some people need that 10 or 15 minutes of just staring at the page or screen before they begin to write. If that’s you, just allow it to happen. If you want to get started faster, then at the end of your next writing time, jot down a few notes about where you want to go next, then the next time you sit down to write, look at those notes and write something about them. Even if you end up deleting or rewriting those first few sentences, they will get you started. If each time you write, you are writing about something different, then I suggest that you carry a little notebook to jot a few ideas down during the day when you think of them. Then you can use those ideas to jumpstart your writing. You can also spend those ten minutes re-reading what you wrote the last time you sat down to write.

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