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curse

noun

1 curse

Profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger.

synonyms: curse word, cuss, expletive, oath, swearing, swearword.

Roget 735: adversity, evil etc. 619; failure etc. 732; bad luck, ill luck, evil luck, adverse luck, hard fortune, hard hap, hard luck, ... show more

Dutch: godslastering, krachtterm, vervloeking, verwensing, vloek
Polish: bluzg, bluzga



2 curse

An appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group.

synonyms: condemnation, execration.

Roget 908: malediction, malison, curse, imprecation, denunciation, execration, anathema, ban, proscription, excommunication, commination, thunders of the Vatican, fulmination, maranatha; ... show more

Dutch: verwensing, vloek
Polish: klątwa, przekleństwo

3 curse

An evil spell:
— A witch put a curse on his whole family.

synonyms: hex, jinx, whammy.

Dutch: beheksing, betovering, heks
Polish: klątwa

4 curse

Something causing misery or death.

synonyms: bane, nemesis, scourge.

Roget 663: bane, curse; evil etc. 619; hurtfulness etc. (badness) 649; painfulness etc. (cause of pain) 830; scourge ... show more

Roget 830: painfulness etc. adj.; trouble, care etc. (pain) 828; trial; affliction, infliction; blow, stroke, burden, ... show more

Dutch: verderf, Nemesis, anathema, doem, maledictie, nemesis, vervloeking, vloek
Polish: przekleństwo

5 curse

A severe affliction.

synonym: torment.

Dutch: Tantaluskwelling

verb

1 curse

Utter obscenities or profanities.

synonyms: blaspheme, cuss, imprecate, swear.

Dutch: vervloeken

2 curse

Heap obscenities upon.

3 curse

Wish harm upon; invoke evil upon:
— The bad witch cursed the child.

synonyms: anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, damn, imprecate, maledict.

Roget 908: curse, accurse, imprecate, damn, swear at; curse with bell book and candle; invoke curses on the head of, call down curses on the head of; devote to destruction.    execrate, beshrew, scold; anathematize etc. ... show more

Dutch: vervloeking, vloek, verdoemen, vermaledijen, vervloeken, verwensen

4 curse

Exclude from a church or a religious community.

synonyms: excommunicate, unchurch.


Moby thesaurus: Jonah, abuse, accurse, adverse circumstances, adversity, afflict, affliction, aggravation, aggrieve, anathema, anathematize, annoyance, bad influence, bad language, bane, befoul, bewitch, bitter cup, bitter draft, bitter draught ... show more.

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