transitive verb
ac·​curse | \ ə-ˈkərs \
accursed; accursed\ ə-​ˈkərst How to pronounce accurse (audio) , -​ˈkər-​səd ; -​ˈkər-​səd usually when a stressed syllable follows without pause \ or accurst\ ə-​ˈkərst \; accursing; accurses

Definition of accurse

: to consign to destruction, misery, or evil by a curse : anathematize now used chiefly as past participle looked upon her as a thing accursed— Charles Kingsley

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First Known Use of accurse

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accurse

Middle English acursen, going back to Old English acursian, from a-, perfective prefix + cursian "to curse entry 2"

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“Accurse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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