- a simple past tense and past participle of curse.
- 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
Synonyms for curse
Antonyms for curse
Related Words for curstbane, obscenity, expletive, profanity, whammy, disaster, scourge, evil, calamity, burden, jinx, cuss, obloquy, malediction, execration, sacrilege, blasphemy, profanation, commination, imprecation
Examples from the Web for curst
Historical Examples of curst
Shall my foolish heart be burst, 'Cause I see a woman's curst?The Book of Humorous Verse
You've druv me from my home, and I'll have your curst blood for it yet.Matilda Montgomerie
Major (John) Richardson
I always abhor'd the Art of Patience, and curst all Fisher-men.The Life and Death of Doctor Faustus Made into a Farce
Here in the shout that rings upon my ear, Here in the glance that curst me with forgiveness.Joan of Arc
Jane Alice Sargant
I won't frank from you, or for you, or to you—may I be curst if I do, unless you mend your manners.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. II
- archaic a past tense and past participle of curse
- a variant of cursed
- 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 for curse
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.