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a. An appeal or prayer for evil or misfortune to befall someone or something.
b. Evil or misfortune that comes as if in response to such an appeal: bewailed the curse of ill health.
2. A source or cause of evil; a scourge: "Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race" (William Ewart Gladstone).
3. A profane word or phrase; a swearword.
4. Ecclesiastical A censure, ban, or anathema.
5. Often Offensive Menstruation. Used with the.
v. cursed or curst (kûrst), curs·ing, curs·es
1. To invoke evil or misfortune upon; damn.
2. To swear at: cursed the car because it wouldn't start.
3. To bring evil upon; afflict: was cursed with crippling arthritis.
4. Ecclesiastical To put under a ban or anathema; excommunicate.
To utter curses; swear.
[Middle English, from Old English curs.]
often facetious an expression of disappointment or dismay
See Also: WORD(S)
- The captain broke loose [with oaths] upon the dead man like a thunderclap —Jack London
- Cried out a Foreign Legion of four-letter words like little prayers —George Garrett
- Cursed like a sailor’s parrot —Katherine Anne Porter
- Cursed like highwaymen —Stephen Crane
- Curse like a drunken tinker —George Garrett
- Curses are like young chickens, they always come home to roost —Robert Southey
- Curses, like processions; they return to the place from which they have come —Giovanni Ruffini
Probably taken from old Italian proverb.
- Curses so dark they sounded like they were being fired all the way from a ghetto of hell —Ken Kesey
- Cursing and crying like some sort of fitting had busted in her mind and this whole stream of words gushed out —Hilary Masters
- Cursing like a jay —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Erupted like a volcano of profanity —Sholom Aleichem
- Felt them [curse words] at the back of his tongue like dangerous little bombs —Thomas Williams
- Made curses fly up like a covey of quail —George Garrett
- Swear like men who were being branded —Stephen Crane
- Swore like a trooper —D. M. Moir
- To hear R curse was like hearing the Almighty tear through his own heavens and blow up the stars left and rightly —Marianne Hauser