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Definition of "curse" []

  • An appeal or prayer for evil or misfortune to befall someone or something. (noun)
  • The evil or misfortune that comes in or as if in response to such an appeal: bewailed the curse of ill health. (noun)
  • One that is accursed. (noun)
  • A source or cause of evil; a scourge: "Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race” ( William Ewart Gladstone). (noun)
  • A profane word or phrase; a swearword. (noun)
  • A profane or obscene expression of anger, disgust, surprise, etc; oath (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An appeal to a supernatural power for harm to come to a specific person, group, etc (noun)
  • Harm resulting from an appeal to a supernatural power (noun)
  • Something that brings or causes great trouble or harm (noun)
  • A saying, charm, effigy, etc, used to invoke a curse (noun)
  • An ecclesiastical censure of excommunication (noun)
  • To utter obscenities or oaths (verb)
  • To abuse (someone) with obscenities or oaths (verb)
  • To invoke supernatural powers to bring harm to (someone or something) (verb)
  • To bring harm upon (verb)

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Use "curse" in a sentence
  • "Thou seest, not alone on thy doomed race rests a curse; the fierce anger of God, denounced against sin -- the _curse_, falls upon his dearest children."
  • "* They go challenge a demon in hell to cure them of the curse but how can I explain how they found out they had the curse * Alezander already knows, Tyler and Jeremy don't* so far I came up with that they visit a graveyard and they find Alezander's grave when it really is Alezander's phantom's grave * that's part of the curse* I think that's kinda stupid so what are other suggestions? don't answer unless you can say something helpful."
  • "Other memorable movie roles included Santa Claus in the 1989 movie "Prancer" and as the gypsy father, Tadzu Lempke, who utters the title curse in the 1996 movie "Stephen King's Thinner.""