Word of the Day – Maleficium

By January 9, 2018Word of the Day

Maleficium (noun)


An act of witchcraft performed with the intention of causing damage or injury; the resultant harm/ A poison or potion, especially used in witchcraft.

Early 17th century; earliest use found in George Abbot (1562–1633), archbishop of Canterbury. From classical Latin maleficium evil deed, injury, sorcery from maleficus + -ium.

Example sentences

“What’s wrong with him? It’s like some terrible maleficium has taken hold!”

Word of the Day – Risorial

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Risorial (adj) (rare)


Relating to laughter; used in laughing; = “risible”.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Ogilvie (1797–1867), lexicographer. From post-classical Latin risorius + -al.

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