[ uh-kur-sid, uh-kurst ]
/ əˈkɜr sɪd, əˈkɜrst /


under a curse; doomed; ill-fated.
damnable; detestable.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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accurst (əˈkɜːst)

/ (əˈkɜːsɪd, əˈkɜːst) /


under or subject to a curse; doomed
(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 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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