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Verb: curse  kurs
  1. Utter obscenities or profanities
    "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street";
    - cuss, blaspheme, swear, imprecate, eff and blind [Brit], eff [Brit]
     
  2. Heap obscenities upon
    "The taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip cursed the passenger"
     
  3. Wish harm upon; invoke evil upon
    "The bad witch cursed the child";
    - beshrew [archaic], damn, bedamn [archaic], anathemize, anathemise [Brit], imprecate, maledict [archaic], doggone [N. Amer], dang [N. Amer]
     
  4. Exclude from a church or a religious community
    "The gay priest was cursed when he married his partner";
    - excommunicate, unchurch
Noun: curse  kurs
  1. Profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
    "curses were deleted";
    - curse word, expletive, oath, swearing, swearword, cuss, cussword [N. Amer]
     
  2. An appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on some individual or group
    - execration, condemnation
     
  3. An evil spell
    "a witch put a curse on his whole family";
    - hex, jinx, whammy, mozz [Austral]
     
  4. Something causing misery or death
    "the curse of my life";
    - bane, scourge, nemesis
     
  5. A severe affliction
    - torment

Derived forms: cursed, curses, cursing

Type of: abuse, affliction, arouse, blackguard, bring up, call down, call forth, charm, clapperclaw [archaic], conjure, conjure up, denouncement, denunciation, evoke, exclude, express, give tongue to, invoke, keep out, magic spell, magical spell, profanity, put forward, raise, shout, shut, shut out, spell, stir, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize

Antonym: bless

Encyclopedia: Curse, Death & Spirit