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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 misfortune, or, in tales of magic, a spell that brings 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: misfortune caused by or as if by such an expression.
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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