jinx

If your sister gets a flat tire every single time you ride in her car, she may have good reason to accuse you of being a jinx, or a bringer of bad luck.

When your bad luck makes you think there's a jinx on you, you believe that you're cursed. A bad omen — like a black cat — can be called a jinx, or the resulting bad fortune itself might be referred to that way. Jinx is also a verb, meaning "to subject to bad luck." In the 17th century the word was jyng, which also meant a bird called a "wryneck," used in witchcraft.

Definitions of jinx
  1. noun
    an evil spell
    synonyms: curse, hex, whammy
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    type of:
    charm, magic spell, magical spell, spell
    a verbal formula believed to have magical force
  2. noun
    a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him
    synonyms: jonah
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    type of:
    unfortunate, unfortunate person
    a person who suffers misfortune
  3. verb
    cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something
    synonyms: bewitch, enchant, glamour, hex, witch
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    types:
    voodoo
    bewitch by or as if by a voodoo
    spell
    place under a spell
    type of:
    becharm, charm
    control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft
  4. verb
    foredoom to failure
    “This project is jinxed!”
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    type of:
    foreordain, predestine, preordain
    foreordain or determine beforehand
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