ACT Reading 1.9 Humanities Passage
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ACT Reading 1.9 Humanities Passage. Based on its context in the passage, which of the following is the best definition for the word "maledictions"?
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some clues in the word "malediction," itself.
First of all, the prefix "mal" basically means "bad" and almost always comes before
a word with a negative connotation.
For example, malicious means mean, and malformed means badly formed or misshapen.
In the other half of the word "malediction," we see "edict," which refers to a statement
or a pronouncement of some kind.
So put the two halves together, and we know we're looking for some kind of "bad statement."
Now that we've sorted all that out, we can take a glance at line 43 to see what we can glean from the context.
Words like "contempt" and "hatred" confirm that we were on the right track earlier
and give us a sense of just how strong a word "malediction" must be.
Now that we've got all this background, we can take (C) and (D) out of the running.
The root word "mourn" might fit in the negative world of "mal words," but it
expresses sadness and regret—not contempt and hatred.
Let's take a look at (B) and (A), which both seem to be in the right ballpark.
Though "complaint" might almost make sense, "curse" strikes us as the better answer.
Curses fit more with the idea of contempt and hatred, since they usually are spoken
when somebody wants to totally destroy somebody else. Choice (A) is the correct answer.
We like to save our maledictions for those who really deserve them...