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curses

noun
plural of curse

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a prayer that harm will come to someone
  • uttered a curse upon his persecutor from the scaffold

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2 a disrespectful or indecent word or expression
  • started muttering curses after hitting his thumb with the hammer

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3 a source of harm or misfortune
  • intolerance of personal differences is a curse of humanity

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curses

verb
present tense third-person singular of curse

Synonyms & Antonyms of curses (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to ask a divine power to send harm or evil upon
  • I curse the guy who had the idea of having annoying salespeople call up innocent people to sell them things they don't want

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3 to use offensive or indecent language
  • you'll have to put a quarter in the jar every time you curse

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4 to use profane or obscene language at or about
  • cursed him for showing up late, when he knew how important it was to be on time

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“Curses.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/curses. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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