Curse - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kɜːrs|  American pronunciation of the word curse
Brit.  |kəːs|  British pronunciation of the word curse

noun

- profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger (syn: cuss, expletive, oath, swearing, swearword)
- an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group (syn: condemnation, execration)
- an evil spell(syn: hex, jinx, whammy)
- something causing misery or death (syn: bane, nemesis, scourge)
- a severe affliction (syn: torment)

verb

- utter obscenities or profanities (syn: blaspheme, cuss, imprecate, swear)
- heap obscenities upon
- wish harm upon; invoke evil upon(syn: anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, damn, imprecate, maledict)
- exclude from a church or a religious community (syn: excommunicate, unchurch)

Examples

I heard him utter a curse before the microphone was shut off.

The witch pronounced a curse in some strange language.

People believe that someone put a curse on the house.

His fame turned out to be a curse, not a blessing.

He cursed himself for being so careless.

She cursed her bad luck.

In the book the evil witch curses the villagers.

Coming into collision with some unseen piece of furniture he cursed quietly to himself.

Poor mother is cursed with bad health.

The old king was cursed with two ungrateful daughters.

Gilbert was cursing under his breath.

He cursed his bad luck in arriving just after she'd left.

Elsa cursed herself for believing his lies.

He muttered a curse under his breath.

He believed that someone had put a curse on the house.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: curse
he/she/it: curses
present participle: cursing
past tense: cursed
past participle: cursed
noun
singular: curse
plural: curses
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