Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Abominable; hateful: this accursed mud.
  • adj. Being under a curse; doomed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Hateful; detestable.
  • adj. Doomed to destruction or misery; cursed; anathematized.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of accurse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Doomed to destruction or misery; cursed; hence, bad enough to be under the curse; execrable; detestable; exceedingly hateful; -- .

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. under a curse

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • 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.

    Devil-Worship in France or The Question of Lucifer

  • “We sell to him;” and another, “He deserveth her;” and a third, “Accursed, son of accursed, is he who biddeth and doth not buy!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • 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!”

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

  • From this deed the men who killed them were called accursed and guilty against the goddess, they and their descendants.

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • Of his greatness and his power, this alone shall remain to him -- a name accursed from generation to generation.

    Benita, an African romance

  • 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.

    Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • '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!

    The Jew and Other Stories

  • 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.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume II (Joshua to Esther)

  • "First the throne, Taramenon, and this bronze you call accursed is vital to attaining that.

    Conan The Triumphant

  • 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.

    The Golden Silence

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  • 1906 US Railway Assn. Standard Cipher Code meaning "your account is debited with".

    January 19, 2013