Curse, use abusive, violent, or blasphemous language against, as in He has a way of swearing at all the other drivers on the road. [Late 1600s]
I swearRead more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
Why Can’t Women Swear?It seems many don’t have a problem with swearing or even with politicians swearing; they have a problem with women—particularly women in power—making use of strong language. Why?
offend, revile, persecute, insult, signify, slap, vituperate, zing, slam, castigate, vilify, calumniate, nag, scold, decry, trash, derogate, discount, upbraid, belittle
- swear by,
- swear in,
- swear jar,
- swear like a trooper,
- swear off
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