American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Abominable; hateful: this accursed mud.
- adj. Being under a curse; doomed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Subject to a curse; doomed to harm or misfortune; blasted; ruined.
- Worthy of curses or execrations; detestable; execrable; cursed: as, “deeds accursed,” Collins, Ode to Fear.
- adj. prenominal Hateful; detestable.
- adj. archaic, theology Doomed to destruction or misery; cursed; anathematized.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of accurse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Doomed to destruction or misery; cursed; hence, bad enough to be under the curse; execrable; detestable; exceedingly hateful; -- .
- adj. under a curse
- Middle English acursed, past participle of acursen, to put a curse on : a-, intensive pref. (from Old English ā-) + Old English cursian, to curse (from curs, curse). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The doctor states plainly that one thing only has preserved the place from the doom of the cities of the plain, and that is the presence of certain good Christians, otherwise Catholics, in what he terms the accursed city.”
““We sell to him;” and another, “He deserveth her;” and a third, “Accursed, son of accursed, is he who biddeth and doth not buy!””
“One of his drunken exclamations was, “And the jade doats on your youth, you raw blockhead! and talks of your noble deportment, as she calls your accursed English formality — and your pure morals, forsooth! des moeurs de Caton a-t-elle dit — sotte!””
“From this deed the men who killed them were called accursed and guilty against the goddess, they and their descendants.”
“Of his greatness and his power, this alone shall remain to him -- a name accursed from generation to generation.”
“But writing with Mr.C. waiting for his tea was, as you will easily admit, a moral impossibility; and after tea there were certain accursed flannel shirts (oh, the alterations that have been made on them!) to 'piece;' and yesterday, when I made sure of writing you a long letter, I had a headache, and/[Page 87]/durst not either write or read for fear of having to go to bed with it.”
“So may you be accursed,' she screamed in German; 'accursed, thrice accursed, you and all the hateful breed of you, with the curse of Dathan and Abiram, the curse of poverty and sterility and violent, shameful death!”
“That if this accursed thing were not destroyed they could not expect the return of God's gracious presence; in plain terms, neither will I be with you any more as I have been, except you destroy the accursed, that is, the accursed person, who is made so by the accursed thing.”
“First the throne, Taramenon, and this bronze you call accursed is vital to attaining that.”
“Maïeddine called accursed because of the M'Zabites, made the beautiful hills recede always, leaving only the ugly brown waves of hardened earth, which were disheartening to climb, painful to descend.”
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