Definitions for: Curse


[n] profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger; "expletives were deleted"
[n] an evil spell; "a witch put a curse on his whole family"; "he put the whammy on me"
[n] an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
[n] a severe affliction
[n] something causes misery or death; "the bane of my life"
[v] utter obscenities or profanities; "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
[v] wish harm upon; put a curse on; "The bad witch cursed the child"
[v] heap obscenities upon
[v] exclude from a church or a religious community; "The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"



Webster (1913) Definition: Curse (k?rs), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cursed (k?rst) or
Curst; p. pr. & vb. n. Cursing.] [AS. cursian, corsian,
perh. of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. korse to make the sign of
the cross, Sw. korsa, fr. Dan. & Sw. kors cross, Icel kross,
all these Scand. words coming fr. OF. crois, croiz, fr. L.
crux cross. Cf. Cross.]
1. To call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury
upon; to imprecate evil upon; to execrate.

Thou shalt not . . . curse the ruler of thy people.
--Ex. xxii.
28.

Ere sunset I'll make thee curse the deed. --Shak.

2. To bring great evil upon; to be the cause of serious harm
or unhappiness to; to furnish with that which will be a
cause of deep trouble; to afflict or injure grievously; to
harass or torment.

On impious realms and barbarous kings impose Thy
plagues, and curse 'em with such sons as those.
--Pope.

To curse by bell, book, and candle. See under Bell.


Curse, v. i.
To utter imprecations or curses; to affirm or deny with
imprecations; to swear.

Then began he to curse and to swear. --Matt. xxi.
74.

His spirits hear me, And yet I need must curse. --Shak.


Curse, n. [AS. curs. See Curse, v. t.]
1. An invocation of, or prayer for, harm or injury;
malediction.

Lady, you know no rules of charity, Which renders
good for bad, blessings for curses. --Shak.

2. Evil pronounced or invoked upon another, solemnly, or in
passion; subjection to, or sentence of, divine
condemnation.

The priest shall write these curses in a book.
--Num. v. 23.

Curses, like chickens, come home to roost. --Old
Proverb.

3. The cause of great harm, evil, or misfortune; that which
brings evil or severe affliction; torment.

The common curse of mankind, folly and ignorance.
--Shak.

All that I eat, or drink, or shall beget, Is
propagated curse. --Milton.

The curse of Scotland (Card Playing), the nine of diamonds.


Not worth a curse. See under Cress.

Syn: Malediction; imprecation; execration. See Malediction.

Synonyms: anathemize, bane, bedamn, beshrew, blaspheme, condemnation, curse word, cuss, cuss, damn, excommunicate, execration, expletive, hex, imprecate, jinx, maledict, nemesis, oath, scourge, swear, swearing, swearword, torment, whammy

Antonyms: bless, communicate

See Also: abuse, affliction, affliction, anathema, blackguard, charm, clapperclaw, denouncement, denunciation, exclude, express, give tongue to, imprecation, keep out, magic spell, malediction, profanity, shout, shut, shut out, spell, utter, verbalise, verbalize

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