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curse

curse

 
 
pronunciation:
kuhrs
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an expression of a desire that someone or something might suffer lasting misfortune, or, in tales of magic, a spell that brings lasting misfortune.
The crowd yelled curses at the invading army.The witch put an evil curse on the princess.
synonyms:
imprecation, malediction
antonyms:
blessing
similar words:
damnation, hex, spell
definition 2: lasting misfortune caused by, or as if caused by, the will of another, more powerful, being.
It is their spirits' curse to walk the earth forever without rest.She felt her suffering was a curse and that she was paying for some sin she had committed in the past.
antonyms:
blessing, godsend
similar words:
affliction, misfortune
definition 3: any word or expression considered to be an instance of swearing or blaspheming; profanity.
We heard a loud crash followed by a string of curses.
synonyms:
curse word, oath, profanity, swearword
similar words:
billingsgate, dirty word, expletive, four-letter word, obscenity, scurrility
definition 4: something that is a source of misfortune.
These children suffer under the curse of poverty.
synonyms:
evil, scourge
antonyms:
boon
similar words:
affliction, bane, enemy, misfortune, plague, torment
definition 5: (slang) menstruation (prec. by the).
synonyms:
menstruation
similar words:
menses, period
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: cursed, curses, cursing
definition 1: to express the desire that some misfortune might affect (someone or something), esp. the misfortune of damnation to hell.
The prisoner cursed his captors.
synonyms:
imprecate
antonyms:
bless, congratulate
similar words:
confound, hex
definition 2: to swear at or blaspheme.
He cursed the dog as it tore at his leg.
synonyms:
blaspheme, cuss out, damn
similar words:
anathematize, confound, darn, execrate
definition 3: to cause to suffer a misfortune, as if by destiny or a magical spell.
She was cursed by her desire to have a career during a time when such a thing was impossible.
synonyms:
jinx
similar words:
blight, damn, doom, hex, plague
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to utter profanity; swear.
She was embarrassed when her husband cursed in front of the priest.
synonyms:
cuss, swear
similar words:
anathematize, blaspheme, damn
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