Definition of curse in English:


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Pronunciation: /kəːs


  • 3 (the curse) • informal Menstruation.
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    • If a mother refers to her period as ‘the curse,’ her daughter might take away a negative impression of the whole experience.


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  • 1 [with object] Invoke or use a curse against: it often seemed as if the family had been cursed
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    • Claims that the woman invoked a loa to curse him with insanity are invalidated by a complete lack of proof that he ever became insane.
    • Why don't you stop cursing my family and leave us alone, you're dead now!
    • Her family is cursed, disgraced, and she's come back to the center of it.
    put a curse on, put the evil eye on, execrate, imprecate, hoodoo; anathematize, excommunicate, damn; North American hex
    informal put a jinx on, jinx
    rare accurse
  • 1.1 (be cursed with) Be afflicted with: many owners have been cursed with a series of bankruptcies
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    • His grandmother had the same affliction that his mother was cursed with.
    • Britain is cursed with equally bleak towns, and even bleaker suburbs, from the ‘grey box’ blight that peppers the stunning Highlands to city corners that even rats wouldn't loiter in after dark.
    • It is a trait he has been cursed with all his life.
    be afflicted with, be troubled by, be plagued with, suffer from, be burdened with, be blighted with, be bedevilled by
  • 2 [no object] Utter offensive words in anger or annoyance: he cursed loudly as he burned his hand
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    • I swore loudly, cursing again when the noise made my head ache.
    • The driver was cursing and swearing, but his fury stopped short of him actually getting out of the car.
    • Tess cursed silently under her breath as she knew she could not stay in this hut.
    swear, utter profanities, utter oaths, use bad/foul language, be foul-mouthed, blaspheme, be blasphemous, take the Lord's name in vain, swear like a trooper, damn
    informal cuss, turn the air blue, eff and blind
    archaic execrate
  • 2.1 [with object] Address with offensive words: I cursed myself for my carelessness
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    • Faith's heart sank with those words, and she cursed herself inwardly for swallowing her pride and coming to him.
    • She cursed herself inwardly as the words left her and knew what was about to happen next.
    • I jumped as a sharp knock sounded at my door and cursed myself for it.



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  • Such was the experience of a woman who took her future in-laws to meet her parents for the first time. Her in-laws were big cursers, while her own family never swore.
  • This makes for unsafe highways, road rage and a nation of cursers.
  • Shakespeare's most virulent cursers are always the most oppressed and powerless.


Old English, of unknown origin.

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