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accursed

Line breaks: ac|cur¦sed
Pronunciation: /əˈkəːsɪd
 
, əˈkəːst
 
/

Definition of accursed in English:

adjective

literary
1Under a curse: the Angel of Death walks this accursed house
More example sentences
  • Born as a result of a curse, she lives an accursed, wasteful, unproductive life of pain and loneliness, and dies in loneliness and in intolerable agony.
  • I am accursed, and any who sees my face shares that curse.
  • The damned and accursed are convicted to the flames of hell.
2 [attributive] Used to express strong dislike of or anger at someone or something: this accursed country!
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  • I don't think parents would have trouble discerning if this accursed for-profit school is providing an education to create good citizens.
  • Many thanks must go then to Thomas Edison for ruining the whole hibernation ideal with his accursed light-bulbs.
  • I don't know if it works, or whether it is in an appropriate RSS version, but it was free, and didn't require me to do any work other than find my accursed BlogStreet password.
Synonyms
hateful, detestable, loathsome, foul, abominable, damnable, odious, obnoxious, despicable, execrable, horrible, horrid, ghastly, awful, dreadful, terrible;
annoying, irritating, infuriating, exasperating
informal damned, damn, blasted, beastly, pesky, pestilential, infernal
British informal blimming
archaic scurvy, loathly

Origin

Middle English: past participle of accurse.

Words that rhyme with accursed

burst, curst, erst, first, headfirst, Hurst, thirst, under-rehearsed, unrehearsed, unversed, verst, worst, wurst

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