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See also: cursèd



From Middle English cursed, cursd, curst, corsed, curset, cursyd, equivalent to curse +‎ -ed.


  • (UK) enPR: kûrsʹĭd, kûrst, IPA(key): /ˈkɜːsɪd/, /kɜːst/
  • (US) enPR: kûrsʹĭd, kûrst, IPA(key): /ˈkɝsɪd/, /kɝst/, [ˈkʰɝsɪ̈d], [kʰɝst]
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  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)sɪd, -ɜː(ɹ)st
  • Hyphenation: cursed


cursed (comparative more cursed, superlative most cursed)

  1. Under some divine harm, malady, or other curse.
  2. (obsolete) Shrewish, ill-tempered (often applied to women).
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 2 Scene 1:
      LEONATO. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.
      ANTONIO. In faith, she's too curst.
      BEATRICE. Too curst is more than curst: I shall lessen God's sending that way; for it is said, 'God sends a curst cow short horns;' but to a cow too curst he sends none.
  3. hateful; damnable; accursed
    That cursed bird keeps stealing my milk!
  4. (colloquial) Frightening or unsettling.
    • 2016, Brian Feldman, "What Makes a Cursed Image?", New York Magazine, 31 October 2016:
      “Cursed images, to me, leave you with a general uneasy feeling,” the account’s anonymous author told Gizmodo. “There could be certain qualities, like someone looking directly at the camera or an orb floating in the background.”

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  • (having some sort of divine harm): blessed
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  1. simple past tense and past participle of curse

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