- 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 cursing
It was after Brown refused, cursing at him and continuing to walk in the street, that Wilson said he made the connection.The Three Biggest Unanswered Questions About Ferguson
November 26, 2014
Goodness knows I paid my share into the office “cursing jar” when I worked for her.A Letter of Thanks to Michelle Rhee
August 16, 2014
Now, after the sharp, wildly fun two-part Veep finale, Selina Meyer is cursing all the way from the West Wing.The ‘Veep’ Finale Twist Was Genius
June 9, 2014
Before I figured this out, I spent many hours cursing at the technology on my head.High-Tech Meditation: Swap Your Yogi for a Headset
April 14, 2014
It may seem as a shock to Veep fans, but all that cursing is actually an act in expert editing and judiciousness.‘Veep’ Is a F*@king Masterclass in Cursing
April 7, 2014
He fondly imagined that they were cursing hard, if not loud.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
A heavy body stumbled toward them, cursing in strange phrases.Slaves of Mercury
Everyone is shouting to his animals and cursing in his own language.
Young Badman 'was greatly given also to swearing and cursing.'Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
Me, Morgan la fée, espouse one of these roistering, cursing foreigners?Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
- 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 cursing
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.