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[uh-kur-sid, uh-kurst] /əˈkɜr sɪd, əˈkɜrst/
under a curse; doomed; ill-fated.
damnable; detestable.
Also, accurst
[uh-kurst] /əˈkɜrst/ (Show IPA)
Origin of accursed
before 1000; Middle English acursed, Old English ācursod, past participle of ācursian. See a-3, curse
Related forms
[uh-kur-sid-lee] /əˈkɜr sɪd li/ (Show IPA),
accursedness, noun Unabridged
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  • Hurry on the accursed witches to the gallows, ere they do more mischief!

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The "accursed" gold of legend is often dragon-guarded and placed under a spell.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • So let me go back to my accursed hole, where death will some day come for me.

  • His house, which was that of the dead woman, was looked upon as accursed.

  • Neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.

British Dictionary definitions for accursed


/əˈkɜːsɪd; əˈkɜːst/
under or subject to a curse; doomed
(prenominal) hateful; detestable; execrable
Derived Forms
accursedly (əˈkɜːsɪdlɪ) adverb
accursedness, noun
Word Origin
Old English ācursod, past participle of ācursian to put under a curse
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Word Origin and History for accursed

also accurst, early 13c., acursede "lying under a curse," past participle adjective from obsolete verb acursen "pronounce a curse upon, excommunicate" (late 12c.), from a- intensive prefix + cursein (see curse (v.)). The extra -c- is 15c., mistaken Latinism. Weakened sense of "worthy of a curse" is from 1590s. Related: Accursedly; accursedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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