curse
I. noun Etymology: Middle English curs, from Old English Date: before 12th century 1. a prayer or invocation for harm or injury to come upon one ; imprecation 2. something that is cursed or accursed 3. evil or misfortune that comes as if in response to imprecation or as retribution 4. a cause of great harm or misfortune ; torment 5. menstruation — used with the II. verb (cursed; cursing) Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to use profanely insolent language against ; blaspheme <
curse God and die — Job 2:9(REB)
>
2. a. to call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon <
was cursed and fears he will die
>
b. to execrate in fervent and often profane terms <
cursed by future generations unless we act now
>
3. to bring great evil upon ; afflict <
a land cursed with famine
>
intransitive verb to utter imprecations ; swear <
cursing loudly
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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