I'm doing a certain something that requires identifying a property of some certain (fictional) thing as either "Blessed", "Cursed", or "Neither". What's the common term for "Blessing" or "Cursed", if any?

In a thesaurus, the only common link I found between the two was that "Blessing" can mean "Benediction", and "Curse" can mean "Malediction", so "__-diction" might be the common etymological denominator... but I'm still clueless as to where to go from there.

Any ideas?

  • The programming wasn't the main point anyway, but I censored any extraneous details not pertaining to the core of the question into something vague and cloudy so it hopefully won't get deleted. – user71242 Apr 6 '14 at 19:51
  • Superstition – tchrist Apr 6 '14 at 20:23
  • I agree it'd be "Superstition" in real life. But not so in a fantasy RPG setting. – user71242 Apr 6 '14 at 20:58
  • Sometimes there just isn't a word for the common superset (hypernym). It's either a blessing or a curse. – Mitch Apr 6 '14 at 23:37

In a role-playing game, one might say that a blessing and a curse are both types of charm. That is, something might be charmed with a blessing or charmed with a curse.

charm3 An object, act, or saying believed to have magic power


In a programming context, isBlessed would do, although isCharmed would also work: value 1 for blessed, -1 for cursed and 0 for neither.


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