Origin of cursed
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- the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall a person, group, etc.
- a formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another.
- the act of reciting such a formula.
- a profane oath; curse word.
- an evil that has been invoked upon one.
- the cause of evil, misfortune, or trouble.
- something accursed.
- Slang. the menstrual period; menstruation (usually preceded by the).
- an ecclesiastical censure or anathema.
- to wish or invoke evil, calamity, injury, or destruction upon.
- to swear at.
- to blaspheme.
- to afflict with great evil.
- to excommunicate.
- to utter curses; swear profanely.
Origin of curse
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Examples from the Web for cursed
Cubans are cursed whether they find a means of escape or remain.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
“When Gil cursed, he cursed in certain ways that I could respect it,” Herc says.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
In other words, gay people are cursed with deep-seated disorder and are to be treated with compassion.Catholic University’s Harvey Milk Ban Reflects A Church In Transition
October 3, 2014
Since then, the group has been cursed with outsized expectations.Interpol on the Arrogance of Believing Their Own Myth and Life After Carlos D.
September 8, 2014
This infuriated his grandfather, who cursed Barry and never spoke to him again.Sebastian Barry’s Quarrel With Irish History
May 7, 2014
He must be a cursed scoundrel to leave that poor lad there to die!Brave and Bold
Often he cursed himself as a wretch for paining that pure and noble heart.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It's the cursed fear of loneliness and the fear of having time to think.Way of the Lawless
A new Ahasuerus, cursed by inexpiable crime, yet sustained by a great purpose.
Cursed be the serpent that bit you and had not sufficient power in its venom to kill!
- under a curse
- deserving to be cursed; detestable; hateful
- a profane or obscene expression of anger, disgust, surprise, etc; oath
- an appeal to a supernatural power for harm to come to a specific person, group, etc
- harm resulting from an appeal to a supernatural powerto be under a curse
- something that brings or causes great trouble or harm
- a saying, charm, effigy, etc, used to invoke a curse
- an ecclesiastical censure of excommunication
- the curse informal menstruation or a menstrual period
- (intr) to utter obscenities or oaths
- (tr) to abuse (someone) with obscenities or oaths
- (tr) to invoke supernatural powers to bring harm to (someone or something)
- (tr) to bring harm upon
- (tr) another word for excommunicate
Word Origin and History for cursed
Old English cursian, from the source of curse (n.). Meaning "to swear profanely" is from early 13c. Related: Cursed; cursing.
late Old English curs "a prayer that evil or harm befall one," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French curuz "anger," or Latin cursus "course." Connection with cross is unlikely. No similar word exists in Germanic, Romance, or Celtic. Curses as a histrionic exclamation is from 1885. The curse "menstruation" is from 1930. Curse of Scotland, the 9 of diamonds in cards, is attested from 1791, but the origin is obscure.