curse

curse1 [ kɜrs ] verb *
1. ) intransitive to use offensive or impolite language: SWEAR:
She looked at her watch, cursed, and ran for a taxi.
a ) transitive to say or think offensive or impolite words about someone or something:
Joe will be cursing me when he finds out I've gone in without him.
She cursed herself for being such a fool.
2. ) transitive often passive to use magic powers to make bad things happen to someone
curse
curse 2 [ kɜrs ] noun
1. ) count an offensive or very impolite word or phrase: SWEAR WORD
2. ) count a bad situation or event caused by someone's deliberate use of their magic powers:
the curse of the Pharaohs
put a curse on someone/something: He was sure someone had put a curse on his house.
a ) the words used for causing bad luck
─ opposite BLESSING
3. ) singular an unpleasant situation or influence that continues for a long time:
the curse of unemployment
4. ) the curse INFORMAL OLD-FASHIONED a woman's PERIOD

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • curse — n Curse, imprecation, malediction, anathema are comparable when they denote a denunciation that conveys a wish or threat of evil. Curse (opposed to blessing)usually implies a call upon God or a supernatural power to visit punishment or disaster… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Curse — Curse, n. [AS. curs. See {Curse}, v. t.] 1. An invocation of, or prayer for, harm or injury; malediction. [1913 Webster] Lady, you know no rules of charity, Which renders good for bad, blessings for curses. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Evil pronounced …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curse — (k?rs), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cursed} (k?rst) or {Curst}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cursing}.] [AS. cursian, corsian, perh. of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. korse to make the sign of the cross, Sw. korsa, fr. Dan. & Sw. kors cross, Icel kross, all these Scand.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curse — [kʉrs] n. [ME & Late OE n. curs, v. cursian: prob. < L cursus (see COURSE), used of the course of daily liturgical prayers and of the set of imprecations in the formal recital of offenses entailing excommunication; hence, consignment to an… …   English World dictionary

  • Curse — Curse, v. i. To utter imprecations or curses; to affirm or deny with imprecations; to swear. [1913 Webster] Then began he to curse and to swear. Matt. xxi. 74. [1913 Webster] His spirits hear me, And yet I need must curse. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curse — (n.) late O.E. curs a prayer that evil or harm befall one, of uncertain origin, perhaps from O.Fr. curuz anger, or L. cursus course. Connection with cross is unlikely. No similar word exists in Germanic, Romance, or Celtic. The verb is O.E.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • curse — [n1] hateful, swearing remark anathema, ban, bane, blaspheming, blasphemy, commination, cursing, cussing*, cuss word*, damning, denunciation, dirty name*, dirty word*, double whammy*, execration, expletive, four letter word*, fulmination,… …   New thesaurus

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  • curse — index expletive, imprecation, malediction, malign, proscribe (denounce) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Curse — For other uses, see Curse (disambiguation). A woman makes a cursing ritual ceremony, by Hokusai A curse (also called execration) is any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to some other entity one or… …   Wikipedia

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