transitive verb

accursed; accursed ə-ˈkərst How to pronounce accurse (audio)
-ˈkər-səd usually when a stressed syllable follows without pause
or accurst
; accursing; accurses
: to consign to destruction, misery, or evil by a curse : anathematize
now used chiefly as past participle
looked upon her as a thing accursedCharles Kingsley

Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accurse was before the 12th century

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“Accurse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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