curse

[kurs]

noun

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

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

to utter curses; swear profanely.

Nearby words

  1. curry powder,
  2. curry puff,
  3. curry, john steuart,
  4. currycomb,
  5. curschmann's spirals,
  6. curse word,
  7. cursed,
  8. cursedly,
  9. curses,
  10. cursive

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

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for curses

curses

interjection

often facetious an expression of disappointment or dismay

curse

noun

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

verb curses, cursing, cursed or archaic curst

(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
Derived Formscurser, noun

Word Origin for curse

Old English cursian to curse, from curs a curse

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Word Origin and History for curses
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