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Meaning & Definition of Curse in English

English

Curse

/kərs/

noun

1. Profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger

  • "Expletives were deleted"
    synonym:
  • curse
  • ,
  • curse word
  • ,
  • expletive
  • ,
  • oath
  • ,
  • swearing
  • ,
  • swearword
  • ,
  • cuss

2. An appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group

    synonym:
  • execration
  • ,
  • condemnation
  • ,
  • curse

3. An evil spell

  • "A witch put a curse on his whole family"
  • "He put the whammy on me"
    synonym:
  • hex
  • ,
  • jinx
  • ,
  • curse
  • ,
  • whammy

4. Something causing misery or death

  • "The bane of my life"
    synonym:
  • bane
  • ,
  • curse
  • ,
  • scourge
  • ,
  • nemesis

5. A severe affliction

    synonym:
  • curse
  • ,
  • torment

verb

1. Utter obscenities or profanities

  • "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
    synonym:
  • curse
  • ,
  • cuss
  • ,
  • blaspheme
  • ,
  • swear
  • ,
  • imprecate

2. Heap obscenities upon

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

3. Wish harm upon

  • Invoke evil upon
  • "The bad witch cursed the child"
    synonym:
  • curse
  • ,
  • beshrew
  • ,
  • damn
  • ,
  • bedamn
  • ,
  • anathemize
  • ,
  • anathemise
  • ,
  • imprecate
  • ,
  • maledict

4. Exclude from a church or a religious community

  • "The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"
    synonym:
  • excommunicate
  • ,
  • unchurch
  • ,
  • curse

Examples of using

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As the catterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.