Cursing
Curse Curse (k?rs), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cursed} (k?rst) or {Curst}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cursing}.] [AS. cursian, corsian, perh. of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. korse to make the sign of the cross, Sw. korsa, fr. Dan. & Sw. kors cross, Icel kross, all these Scand. words coming fr. OF. crois, croiz, fr. L. crux cross. Cf. {Cross}.] 1. To call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon; to imprecate evil upon; to execrate. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt not . . . curse the ruler of thy people. --Ex. xxii. 28. [1913 Webster]

Ere sunset I'll make thee curse the deed. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To bring great evil upon; to be the cause of serious harm or unhappiness to; to furnish with that which will be a cause of deep trouble; to afflict or injure grievously; to harass or torment. [1913 Webster]

On impious realms and barbarous kings impose Thy plagues, and curse 'em with such sons as those. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{To curse by bell, book, and candle}. See under {Bell}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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