curse

When you curse, you say words you wouldn't want your mother or your priest to hear you saying. A curse can also be wishing something awful on someone, like the witch who puts a curse on Sleeping Beauty.

When you hear "maledizione!" in an Italian opera, somebody's having a curse placed on them. The Italian word tells you just what a curse is — it's a "bad saying" — a really bad saying. Like "May you and all your family have nothing but Brussels sprouts to eat forever and ever!" That would be a curse. As a verb, the act of cursing will lead to getting your mouth washed out with soap.

Primary Meanings of curse

1.
nv
an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
wish harm upon; invoke evil upon
2.
nv
profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
utter obscenities or profanities
3.
v
exclude from a church or a religious community
Full Definitions of curse
1

n an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group

Synonyms:
condemnation, execration
Types:
anathema
a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication
imprecation, malediction
the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
Type of:
denouncement, denunciation
a public act of denouncing

n an evil spell

“a witch put a curse on his whole family”
Synonyms:
hex, jinx, whammy
Type of:
charm, magic spell, magical spell, spell
a verbal formula believed to have magical force

n a severe affliction

Synonyms:
torment
Type of:
affliction
a cause of great suffering and distress

n something causing misery or death

Synonyms:
bane, nemesis, scourge
Type of:
affliction
a cause of great suffering and distress

v wish harm upon; invoke evil upon

“The bad witch cursed the child”
Synonyms:
anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, damn, imprecate, maledict
Antonyms:
bless
give a benediction to
Type of:
arouse, bring up, call down, call forth, conjure, conjure up, evoke, invoke, put forward, raise, stir
summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
2

n profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger

Synonyms:
curse word, cuss, expletive, oath, swearing, swearword
Type of:
profanity
vulgar or irreverent speech or action

v utter obscenities or profanities

“The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street”
Synonyms:
blaspheme, cuss, imprecate, swear
blaspheme
speak of in an irreverent or impious manner
Type of:
express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

v heap obscenities upon

“The taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip cursed the passenger”
Type of:
abuse, blackguard, clapperclaw, shout
use foul or abusive language towards
3

v exclude from a church or a religious community

Synonyms:
excommunicate, unchurch
excommunicate
oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree
Antonyms:
communicate
administer Communion; in church
commune, communicate
receive Communion, in the Catholic church
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Type of:
exclude, keep out, shut, shut out
prevent from entering; shut out

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