curse


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curse

(kers),
An affliction thought to be invoked by a malevolent spirit.

curse

(kŭrs)
An affliction thought to be invoked by an evil spirit.

curse

(kĕrs)
1. To attempt to inflict injury by appeal to a malevolent supernatural power.
2. Injury assumed to have been inflicted by a malevolent supernatural power.
3. To use foul, offensive language.
References in classic literature ?
Who of all Ages to succeed, but feeling The evil on him brought by me, will curse My Head, Ill fare our Ancestor impure, For this we may thank ADAM; but his thanks Shall be the execration; so besides Mine own that bide upon me, all from mee Shall with a fierce reflux on mee redound, On mee as on thir natural center light Heavie, though in thir place.
Remember with what mild And gracious temper he both heard and judg'd Without wrauth or reviling; wee expected Immediate dissolution, which we thought Was meant by Death that day, when lo, to thee Pains onely in Child-bearing were foretold, And bringing forth, soon recompenc't with joy, Fruit of thy Womb: On mee the Curse aslope Glanc'd on the ground, with labour I must earne My bread; what harm?
He seems really to believe," answered the priest called Brown, "that they have left a curse on him.
Gentlemen, the Duke does really feel the bitterness about the curse that he uttered just now.
The general stopped, turned round, raised his hands and remarked: "My curse be upon this house
There was one great dent across the top that had the appearance of a mocking grin, and it drove us furious, so that Harris rushed at the thing, and caught it up, and flung it far into the middle of the river, and as it sank we hurled our curses at it, and we got into the boat and rowed away from the spot, and never paused till we reached Maidenhead.
His roaring curses of the first part of the fight had changed to a blasphemous chatter.
This so disconcerted the squire, that he snatched the muff from her, and with a hearty curse threw it into the fire.
The curse may pass your lips,' said Edward, 'but it will be but empty breath.
At seven in the morning a French convoy in marching trim, wearing shakos and carrying muskets, knapsacks, and enormous sacks, stood in front of the sheds, and animated French talk mingled with curses sounded all along the lines.
Each man felt that he had been robbed; and the boats were hoisted in amid curses, which, if curses had power, would have settled Death Larsen for all eternity--"Dead and damned for a dozen iv eternities," commented Louis, his eyes twinkling up at me as he rested from hauling taut the lashings of his boat.
Cursed (although I curse myself) be the hands that formed you