What does curse mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curse, curse word, expletive, oath, swearing, swearword, cussnoun

    profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger

    "expletives were deleted"

  2. execration, condemnation, cursenoun

    an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group

  3. hex, jinx, curse, whammynoun

    an evil spell

    "a witch put a curse on his whole family"; "he put the whammy on me"

  4. bane, curse, scourge, nemesisnoun

    something causing misery or death

    "the bane of my life"

  5. curse, tormentverb

    a severe affliction

  6. curse, cuss, blaspheme, swear, imprecateverb

    utter obscenities or profanities

    "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"

  7. curseverb

    heap obscenities upon

    "The taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip cursed the passenger"

  8. curse, beshrew, damn, bedamn, anathemize, anathemise, imprecate, maledictverb

    wish harm upon; invoke evil upon

    "The bad witch cursed the child"

  9. excommunicate, unchurch, curseverb

    exclude from a church or a religious community

    "The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"


  1. cursenoun

    A supernatural detriment or hindrance; a bane.

  2. cursenoun

    A vulgar epithet.

  3. cursenoun

    A woman's monthly period.

  4. curseverb

    To place a curse upon (a person or object).

  5. curseverb

    To speak or shout a vulgar curse or epithet at someone or something.

  6. curseverb

    To use offensive or morally inappropriate language.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cursenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin, by wishing a curse to his soul. Job, xxxi. 30.

    I never went from your lordship but with a longing to return, or without a hearty curse to him who invented ceremonies, and put me on the necessity of withdrawing. Dryden.

    Curse on the stripling! how he apes his sire!
    Ambitiously sententious! Joseph Addison, Cato.

  2. To CURSEverb

    Etymology: cursian, Saxon.

    Curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me. Num.

    After Solyman had looked upon the dead body, and bitterly cursed the same, he caused a great weight to be tied unto it, and so cast unto the sea. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    What, yet again! the third time hast thou curst me:
    This imprecation was for Laius’ death,
    And thou hast wished me like him. John Dryden, Oedipus.

    On impious realms and barb’rous kings impose
    Thy plagues, and curse ’em with such sons as those. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Curseverb

    To imprecate; to deny or affirm with imprecation of divine vengeance.

    The silver about which thou cursedst, and speakest of also in my ears, behold the silver is with me. Jud. xvi. 2.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curseverb

    to call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon; to imprecate evil upon; to execrate

  2. Curseverb

    to bring great evil upon; to be the cause of serious harm or unhappiness to; to furnish with that which will be a cause of deep trouble; to afflict or injure grievously; to harass or torment

  3. Curseverb

    to utter imprecations or curses; to affirm or deny with imprecations; to swear

  4. Curseverb

    an invocation of, or prayer for, harm or injury; malediction

  5. Curseverb

    evil pronounced or invoked upon another, solemnly, or in passion; subjection to, or sentence of, divine condemnation

  6. Curseverb

    the cause of great harm, evil, or misfortune; that which brings evil or severe affliction; torment

  7. Etymology: [AS. cursian, corsian, perh. of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. korse to make the sign of the cross, Sw. korsa, fr. Dan. & Sw. kors cross, Icel kross, all these Scand. words coming fr. OF. crois, croiz, fr. L. crux cross. Cf. Cross.]


  1. Curse

    A curse is any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to some other entity—one or more persons, a place, or an object. In particular, "curse" may refer to a wish that harm or hurt will be inflicted by any supernatural powers, such as a spell, a prayer, an imprecation, an execration, magic, witchcraft, God, a natural force, or a spirit. In many belief systems, the curse itself is considered to have some causative force in the result. To reverse or eliminate a curse is called removal or breaking, and is often believed to require equally elaborate rituals or prayers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Curse

    kurs, v.t. to invoke or wish evil upon: to devote to perdition: to vex or torment.—v.i. to utter imprecations: to swear.—n. the invocation or wishing of evil or harm upon: evil invoked on another: torment: any great evil.—adj. Curs′ed, under a curse: blasted by a curse: hateful.—adv. Curs′edly.—ns. Curs′edness; Curs′er; Curs′ing.—adj. Curst, cursed: deserving a curse: ill-tempered: shrewish: froward.—n. Curst′ness, state of being curst: peevishness: frowardness. [A.S. cursiancurs, a curse; ety. dub.; not conn. with Cross.]


  1. Curse

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  1. cruse

  2. cures

  3. sucre

  4. Sucre

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of curse in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of curse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of curse in a Sentence

  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    Crude classifications and false generalizations are the curse of organized life.

  2. Chrissy Teigen:

    The most uncomfortable I’ve ever been on set was having to model coats, i am the most comfortable in my own skin, literally, just my own skin. I don’t know what it is, but I think sometimes pieces of clothing can be unflattering… I actually am better in less clothing. It’s a blessing and a curse.

  3. Noah Lyles:

    We were all motivated to do something special and it just happened, everybody wanted it, we all wanted to break the curse, a generational curse and bring on a new era.

  4. Sir Thomas Malory:

    I shall curse you with book and bell and candle.

  5. Lou Dorfsman:

    Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.

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Translations for curse

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  • لعن, لعنةArabic
  • псувня, проклинам, клетва, проклятие, псувам, ругаяBulgarian
  • mallozhBreton
  • malediccióCatalan, Valencian
  • nadávka, kletba, nadávat, proklít, proklínat, prokletí, klítCzech
  • клѧтиOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
  • melltith, rhegi, rheg, melltithioWelsh
  • forbandelseDanish
  • Verdammnis, Fluch, fluchen, Menstruation, Verwünschung, Tage, Periode, verfluchenGerman
  • κατάρα, αναθεματίζω, βρίζωGreek
  • malbeni, malbenoEsperanto
  • maldición, maldecir, mala palabra, menstruación, reglaSpanish
  • kirous, menkat, kiroilla, kirotaFinnish
  • mauvais sort, malédiction, maudireFrench
  • mallachtIrish
  • קללה, קיללHebrew
  • megátkoz, átok, átkozHungarian
  • հայհոյանք, հայհոյել, ուշունց տալ, անեծք, անիծել, քրֆելArmenian
  • blóta, bölvun, bölvaIcelandic
  • maleficio, imprecazione, bestemmiare, maledizione, maledire, imprecareItalian
  • קללהHebrew
  • 呪い, 呪うJapanese
  • 저주Korean
  • nalet, lanet, جوێنKurdish
  • каргоо, аалат, наалат чачууKyrgyz
  • exsecratio, exsecrorLatin
  • prakeikimas, prakeiksmasLithuanian
  • lāstsLatvian
  • oraora, kanga, kangakanga, kohukohuMāori
  • sumpahanMalay
  • saħtaMaltese
  • vloeken, vloek, vervloeken, beheksenDutch
  • eid, bannordNorwegian Nynorsk
  • forbannelse, ed, banneord, forbanneNorwegian
  • klątwa, przekleństwo, przekląć, przeklinać, zakląć, kląćPolish
  • menstruação, maldição, praga, palavra de baixo calão, amaldiçoar, praguejar, xingar, vulgaridade, obscenidadePortuguese
  • blestem, înjura, blestemaRomanian
  • проклятие, ругательство, проклинать, проклясть, ругаться, ана́фема, месячные, ругать, обругатьRussian
  • opsovati, kletva, prokletstvo, prokleti, ukleti, проклети, уклети, псовати, опсовати, клетва, проклетство, псовка, psovka, клети, kleti, psovatiSerbo-Croatian
  • prekletstvo, kletevSlovene
  • mallkimi, mallkojAlbanian
  • förbanna, svära, menstruation, förbannelse, svordomSwedish
  • laana, laaniSwahili
  • சாபம்Tamil
  • శాపం, తిట్టు, శపించుTelugu
  • sumpaTagalog
  • لعنتUrdu
  • nguyền rủaVietnamese
  • mifätotVolapük

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    base and cowardly
    • A. currish
    • B. inexpiable
    • C. tantamount
    • D. lank

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