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cursed

[kur-sid, kurst]
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adjective
  1. under a curse; damned.
  2. deserving a curse; hateful; abominable.
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Origin of cursed

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at curse, -ed2
Related formscurs·ed·ly, adverbcurs·ed·ness, nounun·cursed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. accursed. 2. damnable, execrable.

curse

[kurs]
noun
  1. the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall a person, group, etc.
  2. a formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another.
  3. the act of reciting such a formula.
  4. a profane oath; curse word.
  5. an evil that has been invoked upon one.
  6. the cause of evil, misfortune, or trouble.
  7. something accursed.
  8. Slang. the menstrual period; menstruation (usually preceded by the).
  9. an ecclesiastical censure or anathema.
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verb (used with object), cursed or curst, curs·ing.
  1. to wish or invoke evil, calamity, injury, or destruction upon.
  2. to swear at.
  3. to blaspheme.
  4. to afflict with great evil.
  5. to excommunicate.
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verb (used without object), cursed or curst, curs·ing.
  1. 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
Related formscurs·er, nounout·curse, verb (used with object), out·cursed, out·curs·ing.un·curs·ing, adjective
Can be confusedcoarse course cursecurse cuss

Synonyms

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1, 9. imprecation, execration, fulmination, malediction. 5. misfortune, calamity, trouble. 5, 6. bane, scourge, plague, affliction, torment. 13. plague, scourge, afflict, doom.

Synonym study

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.

Antonyms

1, 9. blessing, benediction. 10. bless.
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Examples from the Web for cursed

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Historical Examples

  • He must be a cursed scoundrel to leave that poor lad there to die!

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • 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.

  • A new Ahasuerus, cursed by inexpiable crime, yet sustained by a great purpose.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • Cursed be the serpent that bit you and had not sufficient power in its venom to kill!

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson


British Dictionary definitions for cursed

cursed

curst

adjective
  1. under a curse
  2. deserving to be cursed; detestable; hateful
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Derived Formscursedly, adverbcursedness, noun

curse

noun
  1. a profane or obscene expression of anger, disgust, surprise, etc; oath
  2. an appeal to a supernatural power for harm to come to a specific person, group, etc
  3. harm resulting from an appeal to a supernatural powerto be under a curse
  4. something that brings or causes great trouble or harm
  5. a saying, charm, effigy, etc, used to invoke a curse
  6. an ecclesiastical censure of excommunication
  7. the curse informal menstruation or a menstrual period
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verb curses, cursing, cursed or archaic curst
  1. (intr) to utter obscenities or oaths
  2. (tr) to abuse (someone) with obscenities or oaths
  3. (tr) to invoke supernatural powers to bring harm to (someone or something)
  4. (tr) to bring harm upon
  5. (tr) another word for excommunicate
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Derived Formscurser, noun

Word Origin

Old English cursian to curse, from curs a curse
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Word Origin and History for cursed

curse

v.

Old English cursian, from the source of curse (n.). Meaning "to swear profanely" is from early 13c. Related: Cursed; cursing.

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curse

n.

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.

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