Definition of Curse

1. Noun. Profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger. "Expletives were deleted"

Exact synonyms: Curse Word, Cuss, Expletive, Oath, Swearing, Swearword
Generic synonyms: Profanity
Derivative terms: Cuss, Swear

2. Verb. Utter obscenities or profanities. "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
Exact synonyms: Blaspheme, Cuss, Imprecate, Swear
Related verbs: Blaspheme
Generic synonyms: Express, Give Tongue To, Utter, Verbalise, Verbalize
Derivative terms: Cuss, Swearer, Swearing

3. Noun. An appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group.
Exact synonyms: Condemnation, Execration
Generic synonyms: Denouncement, Denunciation
Specialized synonyms: Anathema, Imprecation, Malediction
Derivative terms: Execrate

4. Verb. Heap obscenities upon. "They want to curse the prisoners "; "The taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip cursed the passenger"
Generic synonyms: Abuse, Blackguard, Clapperclaw, Shout

5. Noun. An evil spell. "He put the whammy on me"
Exact synonyms: Hex, Jinx, Whammy
Generic synonyms: Charm, Magic Spell, Magical Spell, Spell
Derivative terms: Hex, Jinx

6. Verb. Wish harm upon; invoke evil upon. "The bad witch cursed the child"

7. Noun. Something causing misery or death. "The bane of my life"
Exact synonyms: Bane, Nemesis, Scourge
Generic synonyms: Affliction
Derivative terms: Scourge

8. Verb. Exclude from a church or a religious community. "The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"
Exact synonyms: Excommunicate, Unchurch
Related verbs: Excommunicate
Generic synonyms: Exclude, Keep Out, Shut, Shut Out
Antonyms: Communicate
Derivative terms: Excommunication, Excommunication

9. Noun. A severe affliction.
Exact synonyms: Torment
Generic synonyms: Affliction

Definition of Curse

1. v. t. To call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon; to imprecate evil upon; to execrate.

2. v. i. To utter imprecations or curses; to affirm or deny with imprecations; to swear.

3. n. An invocation of, or prayer for, harm or injury; malediction.

Definition of Curse

1. Noun. A supernatural detriment or hindrance; a bane. ¹

2. Noun. A vulgar epithet. ¹

3. Noun. (British slang) A woman's monthly period. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To place a curse upon (a person or object). ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To speak or shout a vulgar curse or epithet at someone or something. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To use offensive or morally inappropriate language. ¹

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Definition of Curse

1. to wish evil upon [v CURSED, CURST, CURSING, CURSES]

Medical Definition of Curse

1. An affliction thought to be invoked by a malevolent spirit. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Curse

curry powder
curry powders
curry sauce
curse (current term)
curse it
curse of Scotland
curse word
curse words
cursed crowfoot
cursed with(p)

Literary usage of Curse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1864)
"How couldst thou send That curse against a kindred blood A mother's curse the ... Thy curse is just and pure and right. We can but bear the chastening sign, ..."

2. The Practical Works by David Clarkson (1865)
"SINNERS UNDER THE curse. cursed ia every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.—(JAL. III. ..."

3. The English Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury by Thomas Hobbes (1841)
"10) : Let him curse, be- this questi,,.,. cause ... 15) : The King hearkened not to the people, for the curse was from the Lord. ..."

4. Dante and His Circle: With the Italian Poets Preceding Him (1100-1200-1300 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Dante Alighieri (1905)
"SONNET.1 A curse for a fruitless Love. The hour when from my heart thou cam st to draw My soul away, that both might fail and pine : My curse be on the ..."

5. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner (1897)
"THE curse From <The curse of ... And a fire in thy brain; And Sleep shall obey me, And visit thee never, And the curse shall be on thee Forever and ever. ..."

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