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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.
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He told the House: "I rejoice at what I have heard tonight, by which we find that almost without exception, the African Slave Trade has been held up in this House to the execration of mankind.
Another of Podhoretz's subtle notations is that the voices of blessing and execration that are heard in Leviticus, and which are magnified in Deuteronomy, are redolent of the denunciatory rhetoric of the former and later prophets of Israel.
188) In Tennessee, a newspaper said the decision has "awakened public attention to the aristocratical character of the Court, and must sooner or later bring down on the members of it the execration of the community," while a Kentucky paper said Marshall's principles "must raise an alarm throughout our widely-extended empire" because they "strike at the roots of State-Rights and State Sovereignty.
Elia Kazan was not the only Hollywood star to testify against the Communists, but he has been singled out for special execration over the decades for several reasons:
While editor in chief of The Advocate, she first asked me to write for this magazine in 1998, when my name, if known at all, was already a term of execration in the gay press, and since then I have been contributing quarterly columns that have, in some circles, reportedly earned me the title "Lesbian Public Enemy Number 2.
By the time I had finished that relentlessly compelling tale of gratuitous murder and vague redemption--"all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration," read the book's last words--my sense of the world had been shattered into a thousand pieces.
48) 'O hell, house of Death, habitation of lamentation, of horror and execration, harsh and hateful home and dwelling of all distresses, stronghold of sorrow and abode of every bitterness .
And not only need we breathe and exercise the soul by assuming the penalties of abstinence, of debt, of solitude, of unpopularity, but it behooves the wise man to look with a bold eye into those rarer dangers which sometimes invade men, and to familiarize himself with disgusting forms of disease, with sounds of execration, and the vision of violent death" (EL 380).
Without a "corset" to hold the waistline of the poem in, the poet takes up the pose ("one legged, masking one eye") of the ancient Irish bards when they gave their glam dicenn or execration, condemning the borders that falsify and separate.
It may be that Hitchcock's distrust of the machinery of the law went so deep that he saw no conflict between the trial's being a farce and its producing a general execration of the accused.
People are whistling, shouting jeers of execration.
19) From this it is possible to build up a realistic execration of the types of hand women were able to write.