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curse

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noun \ˈkərs\

Definition of curse

  1. 1 :  a prayer or invocation for harm or injury to come upon one :  imprecation <People believe that there is a curse on the house.>

  2. 2 :  a profane or obscene oath or word <In an antechamber, his lieutenants suddenly heard the shattering of glass and angry curses. — Sam Moses>

  3. 3 :  something that is cursed or accursed <“I … will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.” — Jeremiah 26:6 (King James Version)>

  4. 4 :  evil or misfortune that comes as if in response toimprecation or as retribution < … intolerance is the greatest curse of every land … — Kenneth Roberts>

  5. 5 :  a cause of great harm or misfortune :  torment <His fame turned out to be a curse, not a blessing.>

  6. 6 :  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

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Definition of curse

cursed

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cursing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to use profanely insolent language against :  blaspheme <cursing his god>

  3. 2a :  to call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon <He 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.

Origin and Etymology of curse

see 1curse


First Known Use: before 12th century



CURSE Defined for English Language Learners

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curse

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noun \ˈkərs\

Definition of curse for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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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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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