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Definition of 'curse'


  1. profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger; "expletives were deleted"
       Synonyms: curse word expletive oath swearing swearword cuss
  2. an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
       Synonyms: execration condemnation
  3. an evil spell; "a witch put a curse on his whole family"; "he put the whammy on me"
       Synonyms: hex jinx whammy
  4. something causes misery or death; "the bane of my life"
       Synonyms: bane scourge nemesis
  5. a severe affliction
       Synonyms: torment


  1. utter obscenities or profanities; "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
       Synonyms: cuss blaspheme swear imprecate
  2. heap obscenities upon; "The taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip cursed the passenger"
  3. wish harm upon; invoke evil upon; "The bad witch cursed the child"
       Synonyms: beshrew anathemize anathemise imprecate maledict
       Antonyms: bless
  4. exclude from a church or a religious community; "The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"
       Synonyms: excommunicate unchurch
       Antonyms: communicate

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