I exclaimed as I cranked the machine, But something was wrong with the curst gasoline.
Shall my foolish heart be burst, 'Cause I see a woman's curst?
But the country about being blest with coal beneath is, by the getting of it, curst with ugliness above.
You've druv me from my home, and I'll have your curst blood for it yet.
He sat silent after that, and as there seemed nothing that a curst old campaigner could say at such a pass, I bore him company.
I always abhor'd the Art of Patience, and curst all Fisher-men.
Ay, take it; quickly take it—Perhaps I am not so curst, but heav'n may have sent thee at this moment to snatch me from perdition.
Here in the shout that rings upon my ear, Here in the glance that curst me with forgiveness.
The curst crocodile became to me the object of more horror than all the rest.
I won't frank from you, or for you, or to you—may I be curst if I do, unless you mend your manners.
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.
denounced by God against the serpent (Gen. 3:14), and against Cain (4:11). These divine maledictions carried their effect with them. Prophetical curses were sometimes pronounced by holy men (Gen. 9:25; 49:7; Deut. 27:15; Josh. 6:26). Such curses are not the consequence of passion or revenge, they are predictions. No one on pain of death shall curse father or mother (Ex. 21:17), nor the prince of his people (22:28), nor the deaf (Lev. 19:14). Cursing God or blaspheming was punishable by death (Lev. 24:10-16). The words "curse God and die" (R.V., "renounce God and die"), used by Job's wife (Job 2:9), have been variously interpreted. Perhaps they simply mean that as nothing but death was expected, God would by this cursing at once interpose and destroy Job, and so put an end to his sufferings.