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CURSE, v.t. pret. and pp. cursed or curst.

1. To utter a wish of evil against one; to imprecate evil upon; to call for mischief or injury to fall upon; to execrate.

Thou shalt not curse the ruler of thy people. Exodus 22.

Bless and curse not. Romans 12.

Curse me this people, for they are too mighty for me. Numbers 22.

2. To injure; to subject to evil; to vex, harass or torment with great calamities.

On impious realms and barbarous kings impose thy plagues, and curse em with such sons as those.

3. To devote to evil.

CURSE, v.i. To utter imprecations; to affirm or deny with imprecations of divine vengeance.

Then began he to curse and to swear. Matthew 26.

CURSE, n.

1. Malediction; the expression of a wish of evil to another.

Shimei--who cured me with a grievous curse. 1 Kings 2.

2. Imprecation of evil.

They entered into a curse, and into an oath. Nehemiah 10.

3. Affliction; torment; great vexation.

I will make this city a curse to all nations. Jeremiah 26.

4. Condemnation; sentence of divine vengeance on sinners.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law. Galatians 3.

5. Denunciation of evil.

The priest shall write all these curses in a book. Numbers 5.



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CURSE, v.t. pret. and pp. cursed or curst.

1. To utter a wish of evil against one; to imprecate evil upon; to call for mischief or injury to fall upon; to execrate.

Thou shalt not curse the ruler of thy people. Exodus 22.

Bless and curse not. Romans 12.

Curse me this people, for they are too mighty for me. Numbers 22.

2. To injure; to subject to evil; to vex, harass or torment with great calamities.

On impious realms and barbarous kings impose thy plagues, and curse em with such sons as those.

3. To devote to evil.

CURSE, v.i. To utter imprecations; to affirm or deny with imprecations of divine vengeance.

Then began he to curse and to swear. Matthew 26.

CURSE, n.

1. Malediction; the expression of a wish of evil to another.

Shimei--who cured me with a grievous curse. 1 Kings 2.

2. Imprecation of evil.

They entered into a curse, and into an oath. Nehemiah 10.

3. Affliction; torment; great vexation.

I will make this city a curse to all nations. Jeremiah 26.

4. Condemnation; sentence of divine vengeance on sinners.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law. Galatians 3.

5. Denunciation of evil.

The priest shall write all these curses in a book. Numbers 5.

CURSE, n.

  1. Malediction; the expression of a wish of evil to another. Shimei … who cursed me with a grievous curse. – 1 Kings ii.
  2. Imprecation of evil. They entered into a curse, and into an oath. – Neh. x.
  3. Affliction; torment; great vexation. I will make this city a curse to all nations. – Jer. xxvi.
  4. Condemnation; sentence of divine vengeance on sinners. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law. – Gal. iii.
  5. Denunciation of evil. The priest shall write all these curses in a book. – Numb. v.

CURSE, v.i.

To utter imprecations; to affirm or deny with imprecations of divine vengeance. Then began he to curse and to swear. – Matth. xxvi.


CURSE, v.t. [pret. and pp. cursed or curse. Sax. cursian, corsian; Ann. argarzi. Qu. Ar. كَرَظَ karatha.]

  1. To utter a wish of evil against one; to imprecate evil upon; to call for mischief or injury to fall upon; to execrate. Thou shalt not curse the ruler of thy people. – Ex. xxii. Bless, and curse not. – Rom. xii. Curse me this people, for they are too mighty for me. – Numb. xxii.
  2. To injure; to subject to evil; to vex, harass or torment with great calamities. On impious realms and barbarous kings impose Thy plagues, and curse 'em with such sons as those. – Pope.
  3. To devote to evil.

Curse
  1. To call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon] to imprecate evil upon; to execrate.

    Thou shalt not . . . curse the ruler of thy people.
    Ex. xxii. 28.

    Ere sunset I'll make thee curse the deed.
    Shak.

  2. To utter imprecations or curses; to affirm or deny with imprecations; to swear.

    Then began he to curse and to swear.
    Matt. xxi. 74.

    His spirits hear me,
    And yet I need must curse.
    Shak.

  3. An invocation of, or prayer for, harm or injury; malediction.

    Lady, you know no rules of charity,
    Which renders good for bad, blessings for curses.
    Shak.

  4. 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.

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

    To curse by bell, book, and candle. See under Bell.

  5. Evil pronounced or invoked upon another, solemnly, or in passion; subjection to, or sentence of, divine condemnation.

    The priest shall write these curses in a book.
    Num. v. 23.

    Curses, like chickens, come home to roost.
    Old Proverb.

  6. The cause of great harm, evil, or misfortune; that which brings evil or severe affliction; torment.

    The common curse of mankind, folly and ignorance.
    Shak.

    All that I eat, or drink, or shall beget,
    Is propagated curse.
    Milton.

    The curse of Scotland (Card Playing), the nine of diamonds. -- Not worth a curse. See under Cress.

    Syn. -- Malediction; imprecation; execration. See Malediction.

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Curse

CURSE, verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive cursed or curst.

1. To utter a wish of evil against one; to imprecate evil upon; to call for mischief or injury to fall upon; to execrate.

Thou shalt not curse the ruler of thy people. Exodus 22:28.

Bless and curse not. Romans 12:14.

CURSE me this people, for they are too mighty for me. Numbers 22:6.

2. To injure; to subject to evil; to vex, harass or torment with great calamities.

On impious realms and barbarous kings impose thy plagues, and curse em with such sons as those.

3. To devote to evil.

CURSE, verb intransitive To utter imprecations; to affirm or deny with imprecations of divine vengeance.

Then began he to curse and to swear. Matthew 26:74.

CURSE, noun

1. Malediction; the expression of a wish of evil to another.

Shimei--who cured me with a grievous curse 1 Kings 2:8.

2. Imprecation of evil.

They entered into a curse and into an oath. Nehemiah 10:29.

3. Affliction; torment; great vexation.

I will make this city a curse to all nations. Jeremiah 26:6.

4. Condemnation; sentence of divine vengeance on sinners.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law. Galatians 3:10.

5. Denunciation of evil.

The priest shall write all these curses in a book. Numbers 5:18.

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