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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 ?
Here and there his story was touched with moments of beauty intermingled with strings of vile curses.
On every side arose shrieks, groans, exhortations and curses.
was the cry from captain, mates, and harpooneers, who, undeterred by fearful rumors, were all anxious to capture so famous and precious a fish; while the dogged crew eyed askance, and with curses, the appalling beauty of the vast milky mass, that lit up by a horizontal spangling sun, shifted and glistened like a living opal in the blue morning sea.
Over this road, with one shoe gone, I was forced to gallop at my utmost speed, my rider meanwhile cutting into me with his whip, and with wild curses urging me to go still faster.
And, one night, when his mother, in the last agony of her despair, knelt at his feet, he spurned her from him,--threw her senseless on the floor, and, with brutal curses, fled to his ship.
He was moving swiftly back and forth among the debris of his furniture, now and then staving chance fragments of it across the room with his foot; grinding a constant grist of curses through his set teeth; and halting every little while to deposit another handful of his hair on the pile which he had been building of it on the table.
He died very soon after I went to Colonel Lloyd's; and he died as he lived, uttering, with his dying groans, bitter curses and horrid oaths.
How fearful were the curses those propensities entailed on me
A more elastic footstep entered next; and now I opened my mouth for a 'good-morning,' but closed it again, the salutation unachieved; for Hareton Earnshaw was performing his orison SOTTO VOCE, in a series of curses directed against every object he touched, while he rummaged a corner for a spade or shovel to dig through the drifts.
And could I look upon her without compassion, seeing her punishment in the ruin she was, in her profound unfitness for this earth on which she was placed, in the vanity of sorrow which had become a master mania, like the vanity of penitence, the vanity of remorse, the vanity of unworthiness, and other monstrous vanities that have been curses in this world?
If the curses he muttered half aloud when he was alone had had no other object than Dunstan's diabolical cunning, he might have shrunk less from the consequences of avowal.
Presently she was in, and, squatting by the side of the corpse in such a fashion that I could not get to the door, she began to make lamentations and to cal down curses on me.