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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.


often facetious an expression of disappointment or dismay



See Also: WORD(S)

  1. The captain broke loose [with oaths] upon the dead man like a thunderclap —Jack London
  2. Cried out a Foreign Legion of four-letter words like little prayers —George Garrett
  3. Cursed like a sailor’s parrot —Katherine Anne Porter
  4. Cursed like highwaymen —Stephen Crane
  5. Curse like a drunken tinker —George Garrett
  6. Curses are like young chickens, they always come home to roost —Robert Southey
  7. Curses, like processions; they return to the place from which they have come —Giovanni Ruffini

    Probably taken from old Italian proverb.

  8. Curses so dark they sounded like they were being fired all the way from a ghetto of hell —Ken Kesey
  9. Cursing and crying like some sort of fitting had busted in her mind and this whole stream of words gushed out —Hilary Masters
  10. Cursing like a jay —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  11. Erupted like a volcano of profanity —Sholom Aleichem
  12. Felt them [curse words] at the back of his tongue like dangerous little bombs —Thomas Williams
  13. Made curses fly up like a covey of quail —George Garrett
  14. Swear like men who were being branded —Stephen Crane
  15. Swore like a trooper —D. M. Moir
  16. To hear R curse was like hearing the Almighty tear through his own heavens and blow up the stars left and rightly —Marianne Hauser
References in classic literature ?
His roaring curses of the first part of the fight had changed to a blasphemous chatter.
They began to weep and their curses struggled in their throats with sobs.
Bear witness, gentlemen," says the serjeant, "he curses the king, and that's high treason.
If you say that all this, too, can be calculated and tabulated--chaos and darkness and curses, so that the mere possibility of calculating it all beforehand would stop it all, and reason would reassert itself, then man would purposely go mad in order to be rid of reason and gain his point
Come, come, my good woman," said the soldier, who really was afraid of her curses.
clear out, you and your robber, on the instant, or I'll curse every mother's son of ye, eating and drinking and sleeping
Curse thee, thou vain toy; and cursed be all the things that cast man's eyes aloft to that heaven, whose live vividness but scorches him, as these old eyes are even now scorched with thy light, O sun
Then I curse thee - a little - not greatly, but enough to remember.
Give yourself no trouble about me; I don't care anything for the Church's curse.
Her brothers are gone, her father is gone, her mother goeth, the Church's curse is upon her, and none may shelter or befriend her even though she lay perishing in the road.
The curse of the Eyres of old has lain heavy on this country, and many have suffered from it.
Any guard might arrest him, but by strange chance no one does so and all rapturously greet the man they cursed the day before and will curse again a month later.