- the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall a person, group, etc.
- a formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another.
- the act of reciting such a formula.
- a profane oath; curse word.
- an evil that has been invoked upon one.
- the cause of evil, misfortune, or trouble.
- something accursed.
- Slang. the menstrual period; menstruation (usually preceded by the).
- an ecclesiastical censure or anathema.
- to wish or invoke evil, calamity, injury, or destruction upon.
- to swear at.
- to blaspheme.
- to afflict with great evil.
- to excommunicate.
- to utter curses; swear profanely.
Origin of curse
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Examples from the Web for curse
However, these “potty-mouthed princesses” curse like proverbial sailors to prove a point.Marcel the Shell Returns, Potty-Mouthed Princesses, and More Viral Videos
October 25, 2014
His memory is encyclopedic--a curse for a man who feels persecuted.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
For much of our political history, the “third term” curse was non-existent.Political Mythbusting: Third Term’s the Charm
August 24, 2014
Throwing out a ceremonial first pitch has always been a blessing and a curse.Viral Video of the Day: Chrissy Teigen's Drunken Dodger Pitch
August 7, 2014
The remoteness of the area has been both its curse and its blessing throughout history.Iraq’s Long-Lost Mythical Temple Has Been Found…and Is In Danger of Disappearing Again
July 24, 2014
The day which his Maker intended as a blessing, man has converted into a curse.Sunday under Three Heads
The school is a prison in which work is a punishment and a curse.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
I found the story of the Bacillus, the curse that killed Darmstetter, that killed Helen.The Bacillus of Beauty
I flung it upon the floor with a curse and threw myself back on my bed with a groan.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
It was like one of those old incantations; almost like a curse.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- a profane or obscene expression of anger, disgust, surprise, etc; oath
- an appeal to a supernatural power for harm to come to a specific person, group, etc
- harm resulting from an appeal to a supernatural powerto be under a curse
- something that brings or causes great trouble or harm
- a saying, charm, effigy, etc, used to invoke a curse
- an ecclesiastical censure of excommunication
- the curse informal menstruation or a menstrual period
- (intr) to utter obscenities or oaths
- (tr) to abuse (someone) with obscenities or oaths
- (tr) to invoke supernatural powers to bring harm to (someone or something)
- (tr) to bring harm upon
- (tr) another word for excommunicate
Word Origin and History for curse
late Old English curs "a prayer that evil or harm befall one," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French curuz "anger," or Latin cursus "course." Connection with cross is unlikely. No similar word exists in Germanic, Romance, or Celtic. Curses as a histrionic exclamation is from 1885. The curse "menstruation" is from 1930. Curse of Scotland, the 9 of diamonds in cards, is attested from 1791, but the origin is obscure.
Old English cursian, from the source of curse (n.). Meaning "to swear profanely" is from early 13c. Related: Cursed; cursing.