What does curse mean?

Definitions for curse

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word curse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. curse, curse word, expletive, oath, swearing, swearword, cuss(noun)

    profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger

    "expletives were deleted"

  2. execration, condemnation, curse(noun)

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

  3. hex, jinx, curse, whammy(noun)

    an evil spell

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

  4. bane, curse, scourge, nemesis(noun)

    something causing misery or death

    "the bane of my life"

  5. curse, torment(verb)

    a severe affliction

  6. curse, cuss, blaspheme, swear, imprecate(verb)

    utter obscenities or profanities

    "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"

  7. curse(verb)

    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, maledict(verb)

    wish harm upon; invoke evil upon

    "The bad witch cursed the child"

  9. excommunicate, unchurch, curse(verb)

    exclude from a church or a religious community

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


  1. curse(Noun)

    A supernatural detriment or hindrance; a bane.

  2. curse(Noun)

    A vulgar epithet.

  3. curse(Noun)

    A woman's monthly period.

  4. curse(Verb)

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

  5. curse(Verb)

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

  6. curse(Verb)

    To use offensive or morally inappropriate language.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curse(verb)

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

  2. Curse(verb)

    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. Curse(verb)

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

  4. Curse(verb)

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

  5. Curse(verb)

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

  6. Curse(verb)

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

  7. Origin: [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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Anagrams for curse »

  1. cruse

  2. sucre, Sucre

  3. cures

  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


    Sometimes even expressing is a curse!

  2. Shashank Khubchandani:

    Every blessing is a curse in disguise.

  3. Oscar Wilde:

    Work is the curse of the drinking class.

  4. Oscar Wilde:

    Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

  5. Steven Universe:

    Sleep is a curse. A curse I must live with.

Images & Illustrations of curse

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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
  • 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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