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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English curse, kors, cors, curs, from Old English cors, curs (curse), of unknown origin.


curse (plural curses)

  1. A supernatural detriment or hindrance; a bane.
    Synonyms: ban, hex, jinx, malediction
  2. A prayer or imprecation that harm may befall someone.
    Synonyms: anathema, malediction
  3. The cause of great harm, evil, or misfortune; that which brings evil or severe affliction; torment.
    Synonyms: affliction, plague
  4. A vulgar epithet.
    Synonyms: cussword, expletive; see also Thesaurus:swear word
    • 2013 June 14, Sam Leith, “Where the profound meets the profane”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 37:
      Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths. Consider for a moment the origins of almost any word we have for bad language – "profanity", "curses", "oaths" and "swearing" itself.
  5. (slang, dated, derogatory, usually with "the") A woman's menses.
    Synonyms: courses, period; see also Thesaurus:menstruation
Derived terms[edit]
  • Sranan Tongo: kosi
  • This translation table is meant for translations approximating the derogatory or strongly negative nature of this term in English. For standard translations, see the translation table at menstruation.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English cursen, corsen, coursen, from Old English corsian, cursian (to curse), from the noun (see above).


curse (third-person singular simple present curses, present participle cursing, simple past and past participle cursed or (archaic) curst)

  1. (transitive) To place a curse upon (a person or object).
    Synonyms: bewitch, damn, ensorcell, maleficiate
    Antonym: bless
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, “A Lady in Company”, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314:
      Captain Edward Carlisle [] felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, [] ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed the fate which had assigned such a duty, cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
  2. To call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon; to imprecate evil upon; to execrate.
    Synonyms: comminate, execrate, imprecate
    Antonym: bless
  3. (transitive) To speak or shout a vulgar curse or epithet.
    Synonyms: swear; see also Thesaurus:swear
  4. (intransitive) To use offensive or morally inappropriate language.
    Synonym: swear
  5. To bring great evil upon; to be the cause of serious harm or unhappiness to; to furnish with that which will be a cause of deep trouble; to afflict or injure grievously; to harass or torment.
    Synonyms: afflict, shaft, wreak
Derived terms[edit]





  1. vocative masculine singular of cursus




  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of cursar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of cursar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of cursar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of cursar



curse f pl

  1. plural of cursă




  1. inflection of cursar:
    1. first-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular present subjunctive
    3. third-person singular imperative