- The definition of a curse is a swear word or a bad word or the state of bad luck caused by someone wishing evil or injury to happen to someone else.
- An example of a curse is the "f" word.
- An example of a curse is when your enemy put a hex on you or wished bad things upon you.
- Curse is defined as to wish evil or injury on someone or to use swear words.
- An example of curse is when you wish that your enemy would get chicken pox.
- An example of curse is when you say a bad word like the "f" word.
- a calling on God or the gods to send evil or injury down on some person or thing
- a profane, obscene, or blasphemous oath, imprecation, etc. expressing hatred, anger, vexation, etc.
- evil or injury that seems to come in answer to a curse
- any cause of evil or injury
Origin of curseMiddle English and Late Old English noun curs, verb cursian: probably from Classical Latin cursus (see course), used of the course of daily liturgical prayers and of the set of imprecations in the formal recital of offenses entailing excommunication; hence, consignment to an evil fate
transitive verbcursed or Archaiccurst, curs′ing
- to call evil or injury down on; damn
- to swear at; use profane, blasphemous, or obscene language against
- to bring evil or injury on; afflict
be cursed with
- a. An appeal or prayer for evil or misfortune to befall someone or something.b. Evil or misfortune that comes as if in response to such an appeal: bewailed the curse of ill health.
- A source or cause of evil; a scourge: “Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race” ( William Ewart Gladstone )
- A profane word or phrase; a swearword.
- Ecclesiastical A censure, ban, or anathema.
- Often Offensive Menstruation. Used with the.
verbcursed, or curst curs·ing, curs·es
- To invoke evil or misfortune upon; damn.
- To swear at: cursed the car because it wouldn't start.
- To bring evil upon; afflict: was cursed with crippling arthritis.
- Ecclesiastical To put under a ban or anathema; excommunicate.
Origin of curseMiddle English from Old English curs
(third-person singular simple present curses, present participle cursing, simple past and past participle cursed or curst (archaic))
- To place a curse upon (a person or object).
- To call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon; to imprecate evil upon; to execrate.
- To speak or shout a vulgar curse or epithet.
- (intransitive) To use offensive or morally inappropriate language.
- 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.
From Middle English, from Late Old English curs (“curse”), of unknown origin.