[ uh-kur-sid, uh-kurst ]
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  1. under a curse; doomed; ill-fated.

Origin of accursed

First recorded before 1000; Middle English acursed, Old English ācursod, past participle of ācursian; see a-3, curse
  • Also ac·curst [uh-kurst]. /əˈkɜrst/.

Other words from accursed

  • ac·curs·ed·ly [uh-kur-sid-lee], /əˈkɜr sɪd li/, adverb
  • ac·curs·ed·ness, noun

Words Nearby accursed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use accursed in a sentence

  • The bond of marriage seemed an accursed thing, the mere slavery of women.

  • Principal or agent, my decision, Doctor, is irrevocable—I refuse to serve your accursed ends further.

    The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
  • So this was the accursed one who had done the hellish deed, and it was human folly that had caused this demoniacal explosion.

    Black Diamonds | Mr Jkai
  • Iftikhar Eddauleh is of that accursed brotherhood amongst the infidels—the Ismaelians.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • Then the deed at Cefalu—and that accursed child Eleanor still remains to drive me wild with her moans and her sorrow.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis

British Dictionary definitions for accursed


accurst (əˈkɜːst)

/ (əˈkɜːsɪd, əˈkɜːst) /

  1. under or subject to a curse; doomed

  2. (prenominal) hateful; detestable; execrable

Origin of accursed

Old English ācursod, past participle of ācursian to put under a curse

Derived forms of accursed

  • accursedly (əˈkɜːsɪdlɪ), adverb
  • accursedness, noun

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