from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An appeal or prayer for evil or misfortune to befall someone or something.
- n. The evil or misfortune that comes in or as if in response to such an appeal: bewailed the curse of ill health.
- n. One that is accursed.
- n. A source or cause of evil; a scourge: "Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race” ( William Ewart Gladstone).
- n. A profane word or phrase; a swearword.
- n. Ecclesiastical A censure, ban, or anathema.
- n. Slang Menstruation. Used with the.
- transitive v. To invoke evil or misfortune upon; damn.
- transitive v. To swear at.
- transitive v. To bring evil upon; afflict: was cursed with crippling arthritis.
- transitive v. Ecclesiastical To put under a ban or an anathema; excommunicate.
- intransitive v. To utter curses; swear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A supernatural detriment or hindrance; a bane.
- n. A prayer or imprecation that harm may befall someone.
- n. A vulgar epithet.
- n. A woman's monthly period.
- v. To place a curse upon (a person or object).
- v. To speak or shout a vulgar curse or epithet at someone or something.
- v. To use offensive or morally inappropriate language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon; to imprecate evil upon; to execrate.
- transitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To utter imprecations or curses; to affirm or deny with imprecations; to swear.
- n. An invocation of, or prayer for, harm or injury; malediction.
- n. Evil pronounced or invoked upon another, solemnly, or in passion; subjection to, or sentence of, divine condemnation.
- n. The cause of great harm, evil, or misfortune; that which brings evil or severe affliction; torment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The expression of a wish of evil to another; an imprecation of evil; a malediction.
- n. Evil which has been solemnly invoked upon one.
- n. That which brings or causes evil or severe affliction or trouble; a great evil; a bane; a scourge: the opposite of blessing: as, strong drink is a curse to millions.
- n. Condemnation; sentence of evil or punishment.
- To wish evil to; imprecate or invoke evil upon; call down calamity, injury, or destruction upon; execrate in speech.
- Hence To put under ecclesiastical ban or anathema; excommunicate; condemn or sentence to the disabilities of excommunication.
- To bring or place a curse upon; blight or blast with a curse or malignant evils; vex, harass, or afflict with great calamities.
- To utter imprecations; affirm or deny with imprecations of divine vengeance; use blasphemous or profane language; swear.
- n. Literally, a cress: in popular use identified with curse, an imprecation, and used only as a symbol of utter worthlessness in certain negative expressions: as, “not worth a curse,” “to care not a curse,” etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. heap obscenities upon
- v. utter obscenities or profanities
- n. something causing misery or death
- v. wish harm upon; invoke evil upon
- n. a severe affliction
- n. an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
- n. an evil spell
- n. profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
- v. exclude from a church or a religious community
Middle English, from Old English curs.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Late Old English curs ("curse"), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)