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.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Curst — Curst, a. [See{Curse}.] Froward; malignant; mischievous; malicious; snarling. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Though his mind Be ne er so curst, his tonque is kind. Crashaw. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curst — (k?rst), imp. & p. p. of {Curse}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curst — curst; ac·curst; …   English syllables

  • curst — archaic var. of CURSED. * * * adjective deserving a curse; sometimes used as an intensifier villagers shun the area believing it to be cursed cursed with four daughter not a cursed drop his cursed stupidity I ll be cursed if I can see your… …   Useful english dictionary

  • curst — adjective see cursed …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • curst — curstly, adv. curstness, n. /kerrst/, v. 1. a pt. and pp. of curse. adj. 2. cursed. * * * …   Universalium

  • curst — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective See cursed …   English dictionary for students

  • curst — kɜːst adj. cursed …   English contemporary dictionary

  • curst — adjective archaic spelling of cursed …   English new terms dictionary

  • curst — /kɜst/ (say kerst) verb 1. past tense and past participle of curse. –adjective 2. cursed …   Australian English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”