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curse

(kûrs)
n.
1.
a. An appeal or prayer for evil or misfortune to befall someone or something.
b. Evil or misfortune viewed as resulting from such an appeal: believed that the amulet would ward off curses.
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. Offensive Menstruation. Used with the.
v. cursed or curst (kûrst), curs·ing, curs·es
v. tr.
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.
v. intr.
To utter curses; swear.

[Middle English, from Old English curs, probably from Medieval Latin cursus, daily set of liturgical prayers, set of imprecations read in church four times in the year and imposing automatic excommunication for certain sins, from Latin, course; see course.]

curs′er n.

curse

(kɜːs)
n
1. a profane or obscene expression of anger, disgust, surprise, etc; oath
2. an appeal to a supernatural power for harm to come to a specific person, group, etc
3. harm resulting from an appeal to a supernatural power: to be under a curse.
4. something that brings or causes great trouble or harm
5. a saying, charm, effigy, etc, used to invoke a curse
6. (Ecclesiastical Terms) an ecclesiastical censure of excommunication
7. (Physiology) the curse informal menstruation or a menstrual period
vb, curses, cursing, cursed or archaic curst
8. (intr) to utter obscenities or oaths
9. (tr) to abuse (someone) with obscenities or oaths
10. (tr) to invoke supernatural powers to bring harm to (someone or something)
11. (tr) to bring harm upon
12. (Roman Catholic Church) (tr) another word for excommunicate
[Old English cursian to curse, from curs a curse]
ˈcurser n

curse

(kɜrs)

n., v. cursed, curs•ing. n.
1. the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall someone.
2. a formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another.
3. the act of reciting such a formula.
4. a profane or obscene word, esp. as used in anger or for emphasis; swearword.
5. an evil or misfortune that has been invoked upon one.
6. the cause of evil, misfortune, or trouble.
7. something accursed.
8. Slang. the menstrual period (usu. prec. by the).
9. an ecclesiastical censure or anathema.
v.t.
10. to wish or invoke evil, calamity, injury, or destruction upon.
11. to swear at.
12. to blaspheme.
13. to afflict with great evil.
14. to excommunicate.
v.i.
15. to utter curses; swear profanely.
[before 1050; Middle English curs (n.), cursen (v.), Old English curs (n.), cursian (v.), of disputed orig.]
curs′er, n.

curse

- First an utterance of God or other deity.
See also related terms for utterance.

Curse

 of painters: painters collectively, 1486; a curse of creditors—Lipton, 1970.

curse


Past participle: cursed/curst
Gerund: cursing

Imperative
curse
curse
Present
I curse
you curse
he/she/it curses
we curse
you curse
they curse
Preterite
I cursed/curst
you cursed/curst
he/she/it cursed/curst
we cursed/curst
you cursed/curst
they cursed/curst
Present Continuous
I am cursing
you are cursing
he/she/it is cursing
we are cursing
you are cursing
they are cursing
Present Perfect
I have cursed/curst
you have cursed/curst
he/she/it has cursed/curst
we have cursed/curst
you have cursed/curst
they have cursed/curst
Past Continuous
I was cursing
you were cursing
he/she/it was cursing
we were cursing
you were cursing
they were cursing
Past Perfect
I had cursed/curst
you had cursed/curst
he/she/it had cursed/curst
we had cursed/curst
you had cursed/curst
they had cursed/curst
Future
I will curse
you will curse
he/she/it will curse
we will curse
you will curse
they will curse
Future Perfect
I will have cursed/curst
you will have cursed/curst
he/she/it will have cursed/curst
we will have cursed/curst
you will have cursed/curst
they will have cursed/curst
Future Continuous
I will be cursing
you will be cursing
he/she/it will be cursing
we will be cursing
you will be cursing
they will be cursing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cursing
you have been cursing
he/she/it has been cursing
we have been cursing
you have been cursing
they have been cursing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cursing
you will have been cursing
he/she/it will have been cursing
we will have been cursing
you will have been cursing
they will have been cursing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cursing
you had been cursing
he/she/it had been cursing
we had been cursing
you had been cursing
they had been cursing
Conditional
I would curse
you would curse
he/she/it would curse
we would curse
you would curse
they would curse
Past Conditional
I would have cursed/curst
you would have cursed/curst
he/she/it would have cursed/curst
we would have cursed/curst
you would have cursed/curst
they would have cursed/curst
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.curse - profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or angercurse - profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger; "expletives were deleted"
profanity - vulgar or irreverent speech or action
2.curse - an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
denouncement, denunciation - a public act of denouncing
anathema - a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication
imprecation, malediction - the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult); "he suffered the imprecations of the mob"
3.curse - an evil spell; "a witch put a curse on his whole family"; "he put the whammy on me"
magic spell, magical spell, charm, spell - a verbal formula believed to have magical force; "he whispered a spell as he moved his hands"; "inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese"
4.curse - something causing misery or deathcurse - something causing misery or death; "the bane of my life"
affliction - a cause of great suffering and distress
5.curse - a severe afflictioncurse - a severe affliction      
affliction - a cause of great suffering and distress
Verb1.curse - utter obscenities or profanitiescurse - utter obscenities or profanities; "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
blaspheme - speak of in an irreverent or impious manner; "blaspheme God"
give tongue to, utter, express, verbalise, verbalize - articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise; "She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse"
2.curse - heap obscenities upon; "The taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip cursed the passenger"
blackguard, clapperclaw, abuse, shout - use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
3.curse - wish harm uponcurse - wish harm upon; invoke evil upon; "The bad witch cursed the child"
bring up, call down, conjure, conjure up, invoke, call forth, put forward, arouse, evoke, stir, raise - summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "call down the spirits from the mountain"
bless - give a benediction to; "The dying man blessed his son"
4.curse - exclude from a church or a religious community; "The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"
excommunicate - oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree
keep out, shut out, exclude, shut - prevent from entering; shut out; "The trees were shutting out all sunlight"; "This policy excludes people who have a criminal record from entering the country"

curse

verb
1. swear, cuss (informal), blaspheme, use bad language, turn the air blue (informal), be foul-mouthed, take the Lord's name in vain He was obviously very drunk and cursed continuously at passers-by.
2. abuse, damn, scold, swear at, revile, vilify, fulminate, execrate, vituperate, imprecate He cursed her for having been so careless.
3. put a curse on, damn, doom, jinx, excommunicate, execrate, put a jinx on, accurse, imprecate, anathematize I began to think that I was cursed.
4. afflict, trouble, burden He's always been cursed with a bad memory.
noun
1. oath, obscenity, blasphemy, expletive, profanity, imprecation, swearword He shot her an angry look and a curse.
2. oath, anathema, jinx, hoodoo (informal), evil eye, excommunication, imprecation, malediction, execration He believes someone has put a curse on him.
3. affliction, evil, plague, scourge, cross, trouble, disaster, burden, ordeal, torment, hardship, misfortune, calamity, tribulation, bane, vexation The curse of alcoholism is a huge problem in Britain.
Quotations
"A plague o' both your houses" [William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet]
"How comes it that you curse, Frère Jean? It's only, said the monk, in order to embellish my language" [François Rabelais Gargantua]
Proverbs
"Curses, like chickens, come home to roost"

curse

noun
1. A denunciation invoking a wish or threat of evil or injury:
Archaic: malison.
2. Something or someone believed to bring bad luck:
Informal: jinx.
3. A cause of suffering or harm:
4. A profane or obscene term:
Informal: cuss.
verb
1. To invoke evil or injury upon:
Informal: cuss.
Archaic: execrate, maledict.
2. To bring bad luck or evil to:
Informal: jinx.
3. To bring great harm or suffering to:
4. To use profane or obscene language:
Informal: cuss.
Translations
شَتْـملَعْنَةلَعنَـه، عناء، شَقاءيَشتُميَلعَن
клетвапроклятиепсувня
kletbaklítnadávkaprokletíproklínat
forbandelsebandebande overbandenforbande
malbeni
kirouskiroillakirota
kletva
átokmegátkozátkozni
bölva, blótabölva, formælabölvun, formælingbölvun, ólán
ののしり呪い
저주
keikimaskeiksmaskeiktikeiktispasmerktas turėti
lādēšanāslādētieslamāšanāslamātieslāsts
blestemblestema
kliatbaprekliatiepreklínať
kletvicapreklinjatiuročitiurok
förbannaförbannelsesvärasvordom
คำสาปแช่ง
bedduabeddua etmekbelâfelâketküfretmek
sự chửi rủa

curse

[kɜːs]
A. N
1. (= malediction, spell) → maldición f
to put a curse on sbmaldecir a algn
a curse on it!¡maldito sea!
2. (= bane) → maldición f, azote m
drought is the curse of Spainla sequía es el azote de España
it's been the curse of my lifeme ha amargado la vida, ha sido mi cruz
the curse of it is thatlo peor (del caso) es que ...
3. (= oath) → palabrota f
to utter a curseblasfemar
curses!¡maldito sea!, ¡maldición!
4. (= menstruation) the cursela regla, el período
B. VT [+ luck, stupidity] → maldecir; [+ person] → echar pestes de
curse it!¡maldito sea!
I curse the day I met himmaldita sea la hora en que lo conocí
to be cursed withpadecer, tener que soportar
he seemed to be cursed with bad luckparecía que la mala suerte le perseguía
to curse o.smaldecirse (for being a fool por tonto)
C. VIblasfemar, echar pestes, soltar palabrotas
to curse and swearechar sapos y culebras

curse

[ˈkɜːrs]
vi (= swear) → jurer, blasphémer
vt [+ person] → maudire; [+ situation, fate, one's luck] → maudire
to curse sb for sth → maudire qn pour qch
to curse sb for doing sth → maudire qn d'avoir fait qch
to curse o.s. → se maudire
to curse o.s. for sth → se maudire pour qch
to curse o.s. for doing sth → se maudire d'avoir fait qch
n
(= spell) → malédiction f
to put a curse on sb/sth → maudire qn/qch
(= problem, scourge) → fléau m
(= swearword) → juron m

curse

n
(= malediction)Fluch m; to be under a curseunter einem Fluch stehen; to put somebody under a cursejdn mit einem Fluch belegen, einen Fluch über jdn aussprechen; a curse or a thousand curses on this pen/him! (old, hum)den Füller/den soll doch der Kuckuck holen! (inf), → dieser vermaledeite Füller/Mensch! (old); curses! (inf)verflucht! (inf)
(= swearword)Fluch m
(fig: = affliction) → Fluch m; (inf: = nuisance) → Plage f (inf); it’s the curse of my lifedas ist der Fluch meines Lebens; the curse of drunkennessder Fluch des Alkohols; the curse (inf: = menstruation) → die Tage pl (inf); she has the curse (inf)sie hat ihre Tage (inf)
vt
(= put a curse on)verfluchen; curse you/it! (inf)verflucht! (inf), → verdammt! (inf), → Mist! (inf); I could curse you for forgetting itich könnte dich verwünschen, dass du das vergessen hast; where is he now, curse the man or curse him! (inf)wo steckt er jetzt, der verfluchte Kerl! (inf); curse these trains! (inf)diese verfluchten Züge! (inf)
(= swear at or about)fluchen über (+acc)
(fig: = afflict) to be cursed with somebody/somethingmit jdm/etw geschlagen or gestraft sein
vifluchen; he started cursing and swearinger fing an, wüst zu schimpfen und zu fluchen

curse

[kɜːs]
1. n
a.maledizione f curses! npl (fam) → maledizione!
to put a curse on sb → maledire qn
b. (bane) → rovina, flagello
the curse of it is that ... → il guaio è che...
c. (swearword) → imprecazione f; (blasphemous) → bestemmia
d. (fam) (menstruation) she's got the curseha le sue cose
2. vtmaledire
3. vibestemmiare

curse

(kəːs) verb
1. to wish that evil may fall upon. I curse the day that I was born!; The witch cursed him.
2. to use violent language; to swear. He cursed (at his own stupidity) when he dropped the hammer on his toe.
noun
1. an act of cursing, or the words used. the witch's curse.
2. a thing or person which is cursed. Having to work is the curse of my life.
cursed with
having the misfortune to have. She's cursed with a troublesome mother-in-law.

curse

لَعْنَة nadávka forbandelse Fluch κατάρα maldición, palabrota kirous malédiction kletva imprecazione ののしり 저주 vloek forbannelse przekleństwo maldição, palavrão проклятие förbannelse คำสาปแช่ง küfür sự chửi rủa 诅咒
References in classic literature ?
He seemed to be cursing people who had wronged him.
Marija goes on the warpath straight off, without even the preliminary of a good cursing, and when she is pulled off it is with the coat collars of two villains in her hands.
O, because I have had only that kind of benevolence which consists in lying on a sofa, and cursing the church and clergy for not being martyrs and confessors.
Right so came by and by a knight riding; and as he drew near he made dolorous moan, and by the words of it I perceived that he was cursing and swearing; yet nevertheless was I glad of his coming, for that I saw he bore a bulletin-board whereon in letters all of shining gold was writ:
The fighting ceased instantly; the cursing ceased; for one distinctly defined moment, there was a dead hush, a motionless calm, where the tempest had been; then with one impulse the multitude awoke to life and energy again, and went surging and struggling and swaying, this way and that, its outer edges melting away through windows and doors and gradually lessening the pressure and relieving the mass.
He gathered himself up cursing, and his comrade said:
From the rising till the going down of the sun, he was cursing, raving, cutting, and slashing among the slaves of the field, in the most frightful manner.
When I got to the office, and, shutting out old Tiffey and the rest of them with my hands, sat at my desk, in my own particular nook, thinking of this earthquake that had taken place so unexpectedly, and in the bitterness of my spirit cursing Jip, I fell into such a state of torment about Dora, that I wonder I did not take up my hat and rush insanely to Norwood.
uf; the buoyant spirits and bold bearing of De Bracy; the sagacity, martial experience, and renowned valour of Brian de Bois-Guilbert, were important to the success of their conspiracy; and, while cursing in secret their unnecessary and unmeaning absence, neither John nor his adviser dared to proceed without them.
But he broke in cursing the doctor, in a feeble voice but heartily.
Drunkards had reeled by, cursing and chattering to themselves like monstrous apes.
He kissed her hands and went away, cursing Erik and resolving to be patient.

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