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curse

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noun \ˈkərs\

Simple Definition of curse

  • : an offensive word that people say when they are angry

  • : magical words that are said to cause trouble or bad luck for someone or the condition that results when such words are said

  • : a cause of trouble or bad luck

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of curse

  1. 1 :  a prayer or invocation for harm or injury to come upon one :  imprecation

  2. 2 :  something that is cursed or accursed

  3. 3 :  evil or misfortune that comes as if in response to imprecation or as retribution

  4. 4 :  a cause of great harm or misfortune :  torment

  5. 5 :  menstruation —used with the

Examples of curse in a sentence

  1. I heard him utter a curse before the microphone was shut off.

  2. The witch pronounced a curse in some strange language.

  3. People believe that someone put a curse on the house.

  4. His fame turned out to be a curse, not a blessing.



Origin and Etymology of curse

Middle English curs, from Old English


First Known Use: before 12th century


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curse

verb

Definition of curse

cursed

cursing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to use profanely insolent language against :  blaspheme <curse God and die — Job 2:9(REB)>

  3. 2 a :  to call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon <was cursed and fears he will die> b :  to execrate in fervent and often profane terms <cursed by future generations unless we act now>

  4. 3 :  to bring great evil upon :  afflict <a land cursed with famine>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to utter imprecations :  swear <cursing loudly>



Examples of curse in a sentence

  1. He cursed himself for being so careless.

  2. She cursed her bad luck.

  3. In the book the evil witch curses the villagers.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of curse

before 12th century

Rhymes with curse



CURSE Defined for Kids

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curse

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noun \ˈkərs\

Definition of curse for Students

  1. 1 :  a series of words calling for harm to come to someone

  2. 2 :  a word or an expression used in swearing or in calling for harm to come to someone

  3. 3 :  evil or misfortune that comes as if in answer to someone's request <The land suffered the curse of drought.>

  4. 4 :  a cause of great harm or evil <All this money has been nothing but a curse.>




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curse

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verb

Definition of curse for Students

cursed

cursing

  1. 1 :  to call upon divine power to send harm or evil upon <He cursed his enemies.>

  2. 2 :  swear 1

  3. 3 :  to bring unhappiness or evil upon :  afflict

  4. 4 :  to say or think bad things about (someone or something) <He cursed the unfairness of the world.>





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