accursed

[uh-kur-sid, uh-kurst]
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Also ac·curst [uh-kurst] /əˈkɜrst/.

Origin of accursed

before 1000; Middle English acursed, Old English ācursod, past participle of ācursian. See a-3, curse
Related formsac·curs·ed·ly [uh-kur-sid-lee] /əˈkɜr sɪd li/, adverbac·curs·ed·ness, noun
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accursed

accurst (əˈkɜːst)

adjective
  1. under or subject to a curse; doomed
  2. (prenominal) hateful; detestable; execrable
Derived Formsaccursedly (əˈkɜːsɪdlɪ), adverbaccursedness, noun

Word Origin for accursed

Old English ācursod, past participle of ācursian to put under a curse
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Word Origin and History for accursed
adj.

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.

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