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[uh-kur-sid, uh-kurst]
  1. under a curse; doomed; ill-fated.
  2. damnable; detestable.
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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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Historical Examples of accurst

  • None but the most accurst of villains could abuse such goodness.

    The Sylph, Volume I and II

    Georgiana Cavendish

  • In second husband, let me be accurst; None wed the second, but who killed the first.

    A Fascinating Traitor

    Richard Henry Savage

  • Each in its place is seen to be good and worthy, but when each devours the other both are accurst.

  • It was said that he conjured gold and jewels out of the unholy flames he kindled, and was accurst of God and the church.

  • Benvenuto Cellini has told us how his father, in like fashion, was eager that he should practise the "accurst art" of music.

British Dictionary definitions for accurst


accurst (əˈkɜːst)

  1. under or subject to a curse; doomed
  2. (prenominal) hateful; detestable; execrable
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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 accurst



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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