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accurse Line breaks: ac|curse
Pronunciation: /əˈkəːs/

Definition of accurse in English:


[with object] archaic
Put a curse on; curse: we accurse them by the authority of the court of Rome
More example sentences
  • The Lord strips her of this robe of honour, accursing her with this penalty.
  • He forever excommunicates and accurses every one who should dare violate that great charter of Anglo-Saxon freedom!
  • The powerful Russian Church accursed him as the Anti-Christ, and the whole nation, led by the nobility and the church, believed it.


Middle English: from a- (expressing intensity) + curse.

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