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curse

[ kurs ]
/ kɜrs /
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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

First recorded in 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

curser, nounoutcurse, verb (used with object), out·cursed, out·curs·ing.un·curs·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH curse

1. coarse, course, curse 2. curse , cuss
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How to use curse in a sentence

  • And then I remembered that a pyx is a sacred vessel, and quartz is a hard stone, as hard as the heart of a religious foe-curser.

    Over the Teacups|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • He is a curser and swearer, a nefarious pintious lyer, and a contentious person.

  • To make a curse operate there must be a certain amount of conviction in the mind of the curser.

    A Padre in France|George A. Birmingham
  • He was a profane adulterer, a drinker, a fearful blasphemer, curser and swearer.

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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