accursed

adjective ac·cursed \ ə-ˈkərst , -ˈkər-səd \
variants: or accurst play \ə-ˈkərst\
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of accursed

1 : being under or as if under a curse
  • an accursed people
2 : damnable

accursedly

play \-ˈkər-səd-lē\ adverb

accursedness

play \-ˈkər-səd-nəs\ noun

Examples of accursed in a Sentence

  1. the video store is charging another accursed late fee

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Origin and Etymology of accursed

Middle English acursed, from past participle of acursen "to consign to destruction with a curse," going back to Old English acursian, from a-, perfective prefix + cursian "to 2curse" — more at abide
Note: The verb acursian is attested once in late Old English (glosses to the Salisbury Psalter, added in 1100 or sometime thereafter). The prefix a- may rather be a reduced form of on- than the old perfective prefix. In the 16th century spellings with initial acc- intrude, as if the word were a Romance or Latin formation with the prefix ad-.


ACCURSED Defined for English Language Learners

accursed

adjective

Definition of accursed for English Language Learners

  • : having very bad luck : placed under a curse

  • : very bad : greatly or strongly disliked


ACCURSED Defined for Kids

accursed

adjective ac·cursed \ ə-ˈkərst , -ˈkər-səd \
variants: or accurst \-ˈkərst\

Definition of accursed for Students

1 : being under a curse
2 : greatly or strongly disliked
  • this accursed place


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