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.

Origin of curse

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

coarse 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 (1 of 2)

curses

/ (ˈkɜːsɪz) /

interjection

often facetious an expression of disappointment or dismay

British Dictionary definitions for curses (2 of 2)

curse

/ (kɜːs) /

noun


verb curses, cursing, cursed or archaic curst

Derived Forms

curser, noun

Word Origin for curse

Old English cursian to curse, from curs a curse
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