curse

[ kurs ]
/ kɜrs /

noun

verb (used with object), cursed or curst, curs·ing.

verb (used without object), cursed or curst, curs·ing.

to utter curses; swear profanely.

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Origin of curse

before 1050; Middle English curs (noun), cursen (verb), Old English curs (noun), cursian (verb), of disputed origin

synonym study for curse

10, 12. Curse, blaspheme, swear are often interchangeable in the sense of using profane language. However, curse is the general word for the heartfelt invoking or angry calling down of evil on another: to curse an enemy. To blaspheme is to speak contemptuously or with abuse of God or of sacred things: to blaspheme openly. To swear is to use the name of God or of some holy person or thing as an exclamation to add force or show anger: to swear in every sentence.

OTHER WORDS FROM curse

curs·er, nounout·curse, verb (used with object), out·cursed, out·curs·ing.un·curs·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH curse

coarse course cursecurse cuss
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British Dictionary definitions for curse

curse
/ (kɜːs) /

noun

verb curses, cursing, cursed or archaic curst

Derived forms of curse

curser, noun

Word Origin for curse

Old English cursian to curse, from curs a curse
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